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Float Like a Butterfly (Land Like A Toma

Float Like a Butterfly (Land Like A Toma

Float Like a Butterfly (Land Like A Toma

Page Type: Route

Location: Vermont, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 44.72970°N / 72.0314°W

Object Title: Float Like a Butterfly (Land Like A Toma

Route Type: Ice Climb

Time Required: Half a day

Difficulty: WI4+ III

Route Quality: 
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Page By: Seth Maciejowski

Created/Edited: Oct 14, 2005 / Oct 14, 2005

Object ID: 167118

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From the parking area at the south end of lake willoughby head uphill directly toward the Twenty Below Zero Gully Area. Float Like a Butterfly is the massive flow around a narrow buttress to the left of Twenty Below Zero.

Route Description

Pitch 1: Climb thin easy ice up to a short vertical crux about 20' long. Continue for another 120' on 60 degree ice to a belay stance. WI4 200'

Pitch2 : Pick one of any number of lines up the massive flow above. Typically, there will be 60-80' of WI3/3+ up to a WI 4+/5- 50' section. 90' of easy ice above gets you to the trees. This pitch can be as easy as WI4 if you pick the right line or as hard as WI5. WI4+ 200'

Descent : Rap 200' off trees at the top and set a Vthread for another 200' rappel to the ground or walk uphill and right to the descent trail which brings you to the base of the tablets.

Essential Gear

A typical willoughby column rack of 9-10 scews will suffice however, some shorty screws should be taken to protect the initial thin sections.

Equipment for vthreading if you plan to rappel.

Miscellaneous Info

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Bryan Becker, Peter Cole, Tad Pheffer, December 25, 1976

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