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Smugglers Notch Ice Climbing Conditions Report 01-15-13

Posted Tuesday, January 15, 2013
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Jefferson Slide, P1

Cave, J-Slide

Jefferson Slide, P1

Cave Route and Right Side, J-Slide

Right side, J-Slide

Looking at Workout Wall from J-Slide

The view up Grand Confusion

Looking down on Grand Confusion, Smugglers Notch

Returned to the Notch today, post Warm-apocalypse 2013.  Overall, things seemed pretty good and building quickly. ENT went, though bring your full shell for the first part.  Jefferson Slide had some dry and decent thickness climbing for P1.  Would've been thin and extremely wet to get to the cave belay, so set up a screw anchor and then went for P2, which was bulbous and fragile but do-able on the right side.  Grand Confusion was in great shape, with fun rock and ice stemming, up until the top out to the typical belay tree, where the last 20' or so would've been extremely wet.  Mystery Wall had a segment good for climbing by the end of the day, the right side of Workout was building quickly, and the left seemed it might offer potential by tomorrow.  We're back to winter!