There is really not much better than waking up at a nice leisurely hour, getting some good climbs in, and being back home in time for dinner. In the past week I got out to some local areas around Pittsburgh twice. Considering there was no local ice last year at all, this was pretty amazing. When the weather is solidly cold there are probably 100+ ice climbs within an hours drive of Pittsburgh. They range from 15-50 feet, roadside to backwoods, private and public lands. Keep an eye out all year for wet cliffs and come back to check on them when the weather turns cold. You can easily save yourself a 9 hour drive.