Adventures | Ice Climbing Mount Tom – Western Massachusetts

June 6, 2019

Easthampton Massachusetts – Ice Climbing Photography Project

Tucked away in a small valley in Western Massachusetts Mount Tom has a few alpine ice climbs – most of which are single pitch. This Mount Tom is not to be confused with Mt Tom in NH. These climbs don’t form on a consistent basis due to direct sunlight melting them throughout the short sunny winter days.

Ice climber checking out the conditions on Mount Tom in Easthampton, Massachusetts

My climbing partner Ben gladly agreed to take me up there to check out these climbs. When the ice finally formed and was stable enough to climb and to capture some photographs of him we headed up. After climbing them I believe they are the best ice climbs in Massachusetts hands down.

Ice climber topping out on Mount Tom in Easthampton, Massachusetts

We ending up making about 3 trips up to the mountain, getting lost on the approach by headlamps, spotlights shined on us. 2 of these attempts were successful climbs to the ridgeline. After eyeing these climbs for almost 3 years now and it felt great to swing the ice axes locally!

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