Smuggler’s Notch 1/28/11

January 29, 2011 § Leave a comment

I had the pleasure of climbing in Smuggler’s Notch with Bill from Rhode Island today. We found mild temperatures and calm winds, a real treat in Smuggs. We also found fat and plastic ice as we climbed routes at the South Wall and Notch North areas. Our first objective was the uber classic Blue Room. 60 meters of gorgeous ice, with two sustained crux sections provided a worthy challenge, which Bill climbed in great style.

Bill starting up a long first pitch of prime Vermont ice.

In the home stretch on steep ground. The pump is setting in, but Bill looks solid!

Secure sticks on thick ice.

Almost there!

We also enjoyed some fine climbing in the Notch North area. Like so many Notch routes, the Ski Tracks are foreshortened from the ground and yield fine 2 pitch lines. You get up on them, and they just keep going. Very nice! The ice in this area receives a ton of sun, and the challenge here was primarily finding secure climbing on funky, often hollow ice. Bill did an outstanding job, and once again climbed in excellent and efficient style.

Thanks for a great day in the mountains, Bill!

Derek Doucet, MMG


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