Monday, January 13, 2014

Smuggs Ice Bash: January 24-26, 2014

Vermont's Ice Climbing Festival is being held again this year for its 8th season. I'm excited to be helping out at this event from the kick-off festivities Friday night through Sunday. There's nothing like returning to Smuggler's Notch for me. It's the place I swung my first tool, did my first lead on ice, and honed my winter climbing skills in this mini-alpine playground.

The classic Smugg's climb Ragnarock epitomises the style of the area.
Steep ice, mixed rock, and constantly variable conditions present every climbing challenge.

The line-up of events looks something like this:

Friday January 24th
  • Kick-off Party: 6:00 - 10:00PM
    • Dry-tooling competition
    • Public Dry-tooling demo's
Saturday January 25th
  • Gear Demo's: 8:30AM and on
  • Clinics: 9:00AM - 4:00PM
  • Slideshow Presentation by Lidsay Fixmer: 6:00PM
  • Raffle!
Sunday January 26th
  • Gear Demo's: 8:30AM and on
  • Clinics: 9:00AM - 4:00PM
  • Wrap-up festivities!
For more info you can check out their website:

So sharpen the tools, tighten the crampons, and pack up the parka! Should be a great weekend of climbing and socializing. Hope to see you there!