A group of four were scrambling in the gullies and cliffs above the main parking lot in Smuggler's Notch on the "Old Smuggler's Face." The party climbed to a point where they could no longer proceed or retreat and became stranded. Three of the four subjects were stranded together a short climb above the talus and one subject was higher on the cliff on a small ledge.
Cambridge Fire Department established Incident Command, Cambridge Rescue staged for medical support and Colchester Technical Rescue staged as a Rapid Intervention Team in the event of an injury.
Stowe Mountain Rescue fielded three teams: Team 1-- Access the subjects from below, Team 2 -- Access the subjects from the top of the cliff, and Team 3 -- Stage at the bottom the "Grand Confusion" ice climb to wait for additional instruction as teams 1 & 2 surmised the situation.
Team 1 (3 Rescue Climbers) located, accessed and secured the three of the four climbers with helmets and harnesses. Two personnel from team 3 assisted with the evacuation of this group who were safely delivered to the Command Post in the parking lot.
Two team members from Team 1 continued climbing in an attempt to access the fourth subject, but ultimately abandoned accessing the subject from below due to hazards and unsafe climbing conditions (this team continued their safe climb to the top of the cliff).
Team 2 located the subject from above and the two Team 1 climbers joined Team 2. A single rescuer rappelled to the subject and secured the individual with a harness and helmet. Due to the same conditions that prevented access from below, it was determined the safest evacuation route was back up to the top of the cliff.
The two remaining members from Team 3 joined Teams 1 and Team 2 (at the top of the cliff above the fourth subject) and together established a raise system to bring the rescuer and subject up to the top of the cliff.
The evacuation was completed without incident and all parties safely arrived at the Command Post/Parking Lot.