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Smugglers Notch Ice Climbing Conditions 12-19-12

Posted Wednesday, December 19, 2012
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Mystery Wall

Workout Wall, Right Side


The big news is that you can now SKI up to your climbing!  The Notch Road now has enough snow for skis--though you might not want to bring out your best just yet.  I took the tools out for a ski this morning.  Visibility was limited by all the wonderful snow coming down and blowing around, so I only saw and took pictures of a few roadside favorites.  But, extrapolating from those, things seem pretty solid--and more solidity is on the way.

While up there, I spoke with a few Team OGE climbers who had been on Elephants Head Gully, and they reported good climbing, as did--not surprisingly--some people from both Blue Ice Bulge and Jefferson's Slide.  The Workout Wall looks like it's still going to need another few days of freeze and Mystery Wall will need at least one more day, but they're coming along.  Similarly, Terror-tory looked doable and fattening up.

Winter seems to have arrived--enjoy!