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My first climbs at Lake Willoughby were in the mid 1980’s. From then on – year after year I have been venturing to Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom in search of ice. The lake as we call it – is home to the longest, steepest water ice climbs in the northeastern US.  The amazing setting is set with a southwestern exposure high above the lake on the flank of Mt Piscah. By far the Lake  stands by itself as a highly respected ice climbing area.

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From the highway Mt Piscah comes into view. It is days like these that bring out the brilliance of the area – clear sky, cold temps, and no wind.

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Max and Cheyenne going for the Last Gentleman – another prize route at the Lake.

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Jerry reaching high for the sticks into the ice.

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Hundreds of feet off the deck – truly amazing exposure on the ice.

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The Lake is the place I want to share with good friends – Jerry and I on the top of the Promenade.

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Steep exciting rappels down the routes – walk offs are along way from here.

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The Gentleman and Promenade Routes rise above.

For me this has been a great year at the Lake and its only mid January.

Looking forward to more exciting climbing at this amazing venue.

Art Mooney