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Ice Climbing: Lake Willoughby VT (Saturday) Int - Adv

  • Mar 15, 2014 · 9:00 AM
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Ice Climbing & Camping Weekend: Lake Willoughby VT (Int - Adv)

Note: Headed up to get some big long ice in.   Drippy ice is in forecast.

I'm happy to add as many climbers as I can to this trip. Just need lead climbers. All Experienced Belayers should be understanding of the skills needed in multiple pitch climbing & Rap off "V" threads and such.

The Tablets (Grade 3 ) is a large I slab flow for those softer leaders or newer folks.. Located on the Far right side of the cliff...

You will need a double rope system to climb efficiently here.

The land where the big ice is!!!!!










The Team's: Everyone Gets Wait Listed..!

As always the size of the Meetup is based on how many people the area can handle & the number of lead climbers who RSVP for the Meetup....!

For each lead climber we pair you up with one experienced belayer and then we can add one newbie climber/Follower.

Its always the understanding that the "Experienced Belayer" has at a minimum has climbed before on Multiple pitch ice climbs. but just no capable for leading on Ice and also has knowledge of the climbing knots and owns all the gear required. There is no rentals...!!!

Sign up...  First to RSVP is the first to fill a opening based on experience needed.

Don't forget " NO helmet = NO climbing!!! Period...


Climbing Teams:


The Plan:

We will meet at the parking area on the south side of the lake and climb the ice at "LW" Lake Willoughby for the day.



Group Size:

Sign up for the Waiting list!!!  I will have to limit the group to as many lead climbers I get for this trip. I will start off with 3 and add as I see leaders sign up for our trip. Don't be shy in contacting me for more info...

The whole area is about three pitch's tall and top roping options are limited. knowledge on rappelling is a must as well as knowing how to set a "V" Thread.

Most ice is in the 3+ TO 5+ grade levels.... Some 3's Tablets...




On route 5a about 15 miles north of Lyndonville, VT

This is the main wall at Lake Willoughby forming on the east side of the dramatic fiord-like notch. A mile and a half long in length and over 600 feet in high makes this one of the more spectacular areas in the north east.

Climbs are the easiest on the south side of the lake and increase in difficulty towards the north end at Mind Bender NEI 5+ and Call of the Wild NEI 6

Hike In:

Depending on the trail being packed out the walk in can take up to 20 - 50 minutes to reach the base of the ice even though parking is just below the ice routes.


Protection, you will need more then most days out. Large ice rack of about 12 - 16 piece's at a minimum. All routes are full rope lengths with Ice anchor Belay stations. You likely will rap the route and will maybe find "V" threads all ready placed at good belays areas. But should come prepared with your own ability of making "V" threads as a lead climber and have webbing a "V" threading tool and a knife for repelling the route. There is rap stations at the top of most climbs on tree's. Slower climbers climbing near the tablets may opt for the walk down on the trial back from the top and follows down south to the end of the cliff and down to the road. Bring your head lamp. Routes take longer then you think...


Although in the sun in the afternoon. Wind chill temps can be very cold down or puff jacket is highly recommended which can be carried with you on the climb..


Waiver:  Read !!!

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That said have fun! Play safely! And take the responsibility of your own actions.

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  • Tom S.

    Pretty jealous of this blue ice. Tried to climb sunday in Keene, NY can't say we had a similar experience.

    March 19, 2014

  • Kristie W.

    Such a great time! Beautiful location and totally worth the hike! I will admit that this was an epic trip from a height perspective, but I made it!

    March 17, 2014

  • Jay B.

    Outstanding time...! Weather was interesting with no rain and just snow off and on.. Temps hung right there at 32 and just a gust or to of wind but really none. Wouldn't dare ask for better weather. Climbing was sweet with soft ice for LW and took excellent screws all the way up. Great fun climbing with you all and a lot of laughs... So john about abusing you right handed tool.. Just remember you abused it first by dropping it from 400+ft

    March 16, 2014

  • Jay B.

    PS: John If there early text me . Alfonzo. You in Loon with the GF? JohnT ?

    March 14, 2014

    • John T.

      Sounds good, I'll be there by 8.

      March 14, 2014

    • Alfonso

      I'm driving up to Plymouth NH tonight.

      March 14, 2014

  • Jay B.

    Teams are made & Posted at the link... I have room for one lead climber. Buddy might show up so work out real nice. The plan.. Meet John Ho and anyone else at Hatch Plaza in Plymouth NH Exit 26 and roll north soon as we meet. Expect to be at LW 1hr20-30min from that time.. 9:30-10am Throw climbing boots on and up the hill. Bring a head lamp..:-)

    March 14, 2014

  • Jay B.

    Coln, Going to have to give you a call before I can add you to this Meetup..

    March 13, 2014

  • John

    Just Saturday?

    March 12, 2014

    • Mike B.

      I'd be up for Sunday but unfortunately wouldn't be able to make Saturday.

      March 12, 2014

    • Jay B.

      Ok tell you what I will post I really think there is a bunch wanting to go on Sunday out there. Based on emails I am getting. Someone will need to be the meeting person on the ground.

      March 12, 2014

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