The rocks tumble down to Vermont 108

People walking along Smugglers Notch on Sunday morning were met with an unpleasant surprise.

A rockslide along Vermont 108 narrowly missed hikers and climbers as boulders from a section of the notch known as “The Castle” broke off and fell over the ledge.

No injuries or casualties were reported, according to Vermont State Police, but several cars were found damaged on the side of the road. The road through the Notch was temporarily closed to traffic until later in the afternoon.

“The rockfall must have been the result of several days of very hot weather, followed by several inches of rain and a sudden freeze-thaw cycle, but who knows,” wrote Vermont Rock, a local publication that covers rock climbing in northern Vermont, in a Facebook post.

“Although this is very unfortunate, it is not particularly surprising given the unstable alpine nature of this region.”

Vermont Rock continued to say that at least five climbing routes on the Notch were damaged by the rockfall. They advised climbers or hikers to avoid “The Castle” section at this time.

Contact Ethan Bakuli at (802) 556-1804 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @BakuliEthan.

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Virginia F. Goins