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Smugglers’ Notch Ice Bash

The 18th Annual Smuggs Ice Bash

Thank you to everyone for an awesome 17th Smuggs Ice Bash in 2024. We look forward to bringing you the 2025 Smuggs Ice Bash from January 24-26, 2025!

Please visit the Smuggs Ice Bash website or the Facebook page for the most recent updates on the event.

Friday Night Drytooling Competition

On Friday, January 26, the 13th annual Drytooling Competition took place at Petra Cliffs Climbing Center in Burlington, VT. It was a friendly but fierce indoor competition getting its energy from DJ Kanganade, and spectators cheering on the competitors.

Thank you to our competitors for their courage, strength and skill, and endurance!

Photos from Sam Simon Imaging


PlaceWomen'sTimeHigh Point
1Lindsay Hastings4:16metal ring on blue volume
2Rebecca Lewis3:59well established on orange double jug on roof
3Alexis Robarge2:55one tool briefly on orange double jug
4Casey Ogden4:26purple volume
5Demery Coppola3:18metal pearls
PlaceMen'sTimeHigh Point
1Brian O'Leary3:592nd green volume on boards
2Greg Love4:151st green volume on boards
3JC Dubeau5:59last hold on roof (clipped last quickdraw on roof)
4Zac St. Jules5:56last hold on roof (didn't clip)
5Josh Worley3:112nd wood icicle
6Summit Sularz4:381st wood icicle
6Marty Theriault4:381st wood icicle
7Christian DuBois4:061st clip on roof
8Ethan Edwards3:17stein on roof (no clip)
9Jacob Matos2:27last hold before roof
10Patrick Cooke2:54last hold before roof
11Justin Chuang2:58Stein
12Ethan Edwards3:17Stein
13Zack Cleary3:33Placing tool on stein
14Dan Levitch2:09Hold after PVC icicle
15Justin Tremblay3:25PVC icicle
16Nathan Fry3:41PVC icicle

Register for a Smuggs Ice Bash Clinic

2025 Ice Bash clinics will open in October, 2024. 

Smuggs Ice Bash Clinics

Saturday Evening Presentations

SO many thanks to:

Our local presenter, Dr. Elizabeth Burakowski, who presented the "Freeze/Thaw" film and her research and narrative about climate change, how it will affect the climbing and guiding community, and things we can do to slow the impact. 

Our keynote speaker, Aaron Mulkey, presenting "Balance," who provided a deep, raw look into his own life and how we can all strive to prioritize our passions, family and work. Thanks to Aaron for joining up with clinics and sprinkling a little of his wisdom and stoke to everyone! 

Thank you to the Cambridge Community Center for providing us with a place to gather! 

Weekend Venue

The Cambridge Community Center (Cambridge, VT)
Gear demos, presentations, clinics, and more, Saturday & Sunday January 26-28.

Vendors & Sponsors

It is all of the vendors who bring their fleet of gear & expertise and the sponsors who make this event possible. Check out for the lineup of sponsors and supporters. 


Smuggs Ice Bash History

A brief history: The Smuggs Ice Bash was born in 2005 thanks to local climber Alden Pellett, who collaborated with Doug Millen of Northeast Ice to try and rally a festival in Smuggler's Notch, Vermont-- an area rich with rock and ice climbing history. As Pellett writes, "The Notch has been climbed heavily since the 70's with many unrecorded routes having been done... Bouchard…Zajchowski… It is also good to note that Fritz Weissner resided in Stowe during the later years of his life. Many unrecorded aid lines exist. Climbers exploring "new" ground should not find it surprising to come across an old soft ring piton or moss-filled pin scars. Despite the hardmen that have explored the area, however, Smuggler's Notch remains an untapped resource for futuristic climbing that will yield numerous first ascents over the next few years as tools and styles evolve further." 

Over the first few years of the Ice Bash, Bert Severin of Sunrise Adventure Sports became more involved, and eventually supervised the management of the Ice Bash. With the number of attendees, vendors, and clinic offerings multiplying, the Ice Bash outgrew its original venue. In the spirit of friendly and fun competition, the festival added an indoor drytooling competition at the local climbing gym, Petra Cliffs, drawing a crowd of 200+ people from the Burlington area that otherwise may not have been part of the ice climbing festival. A busy personal life led Bert to seek out new management of the Ice Bash, and he approached Steve and Andrea Charest, owners of Petra Cliffs, in October 2012. Petra Cliffs excitedly took over management of the Ice Bash, with help from many of the regulars who have made the Ice Bash successful over the past years.

The Ice Bash has a Facebook page to interact with participants, keeping them informed and inspired, a website, an Instagram account, more clinics, and other fresh ideas-- we hope to continue to grow the participation in the greatest winter festival in Vermont, and we could not do it without our vendors, local venues, participants, guides and volunteers!