Twenty Below Zero Gully

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Vermont, United States, North America
Route Type:
Ice Climb
Time Required:
Half a day

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Twenty Below Zero Gully
Created On: Oct 14, 2005
Last Edited On: Oct 14, 2005


From the parking lot at the south end of Lake Willoughby look for the obvious massive flow of twenty below zero in a shallow right facing corner. Head straight up through the woods to the base of the flow.

Route Description

Pitch 1: Climb 60 degree ice interspersed with short 20' vertical sections up to a flat ledgy section of ice which you can belay on. WI4 200'
Pitch 2 : a rope stretcher to the trees up a vertical corner with stemming on the left or up vertical pillars on the right. Your choice but the right side is harder. WI4+ 200'

Descend by rapping the buttress to the left in two long rappels. The second rappel may require some downclimbing without a rope. A safer option is to rap to a vthread placement at the first belay and thread off or walk down the trail up and right at the top to the base of the tablets.

Essential Gear

A typical wiloughby column rack will suffice (9-10 screws)

A 60m rope allows you to do this climb in 2 pitches (barely).

Bring Vthread tools and webbing to rap or walk off.

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Luc - Mar 25, 2013 10:43 pm - Hasn't voted

First Ascent

Henry Barber, Michael Hatrich, Al Rubin, January 1974

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