Willoughby 11/24

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  1. Rockytop

    Rockytop Well-Known Member Northeast Ice Climbing Guide

    I burned off some Thanksgiving Day meal this morning with a few pitches at the Lake. Perfect temps overnight and early morning made for fresh plastic ice over somewhat thicker old sun-rotted ice. I climbed Crazy Diamond up to the roof, then Zephyr, and a couple laps on Tablets Right but bailed by 11am when temps were becoming less safe to climb. Gear would be sparse (stubbies) if you are leading. Zephyr and Tablets Right are about the only things somewhat reasonable at the moment but both had hollow spots. Zephyr would take screws even down low.
    Conditions vary each day. Really what we need is a good solid week of below freezing temperatures to fill in the climbs. If we do get that, then routes like Float Like a Butterfly, 20 Below Zero, Glass Menagerie, Tablets Left and Center, will all come in.

    ** Personally, I don't recommend climbing here right now for anyone unless you willingly accept riskier conditions than usual and are solid two grades higher than the listed guidebook ratings.**

    Zephyr at Lake Willoughby. (just right of Crazy Diamond)

    Looking down pitch one of Crazy Diamond.

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    Last edited: Nov 24, 2017

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