Mount Washingtion Valley Ice Fest 2019

The 26th Mount Washington Valley Ice Fest. The biggest Ice Climbing Festival in the Northeast! Is this Weekend!!!


The 2019 Smuggs Ice Bash Drytool Comp. at Petra Cliffs. Photos & Results

Smuggs Ice Bash 2019

This weekend is the Smuggs Ice Bash! 

January 25-27, 2019


13th Annual Smuggs Ice Bash Poster






Make sure to come on over to Petra Cliffs Climbing Center and Mountaineering School for the Drytool Comp and Kickoff Party on Friday the 25th. Celebrate with some Switchback, some crazy strong competitors, a raffle and DJ Kanga.

Then join us at the Green Mountain Club Visitor Center in Waterbury, VT for gear demo’s all weekend long and Guest Presentations by Majka Burhardt and Alden Pellett Saturday evening starting at 6:30 pm. 

Grab a bite to eat and something to drink at one of the many places in Stowe or Waterbury post climbing and before the shows! Seating is limited at the GMC visitor center so please pre-purchase evening presentation tickets here: Saturday Evening Presentations $15 per person.

Look for NEice on your way out from climbing, Doug Millen will be there with hot soup for everyone.

Tag your event photos #smuggsicebash2019 on Instagram

More information can be found @

The weather forecast is looking great!

We hope you can join us this weekend for some climbing and celebrating in Smugglers Notch VT


Instagram photos of The 23rs Adirondack Mountaineer Festival. Tag your photos #adkmountainfest2019

ADK Mountainfest 2019

The Mountaineer’s 23rd annual Adirondack Mountainfest kicks off January 18th.

This premiere Adirondack outdoor adventure event runs through the weekend, featuring the latest and greatest demo gear to test for free, evening climbing presentations by elite athletes, fun instructive clinics on ice climbing ranging from easy to very hard. Also the event offers exciting workshops in mountaineering, avalanche awareness and adventure snowshoeing.’s Doug Millen will be heading around to the clinics with his traditional free hot soup as well!

Go here for the entire Mountainfest 2019 Schedule

Patagonia Ambassador Anne Gilbert Chase

Friday evening’s slideshow features Patagonia Ambassador Anne Gilbert Chase out of Bozeman, Montana. Gilbert Chase has climbed around the world, including India, Patagonia, France, Spain, Alaska and Canada, including the Northwest Face of Half Dome (2200’ VI 5.12a/b or 5.9 C1) in a day, Yosemite National Park, California.

Patagonia Ambassador Colin Haley

Saturday night Patagonia Ambassador Colin Haley from Seattle, Washington, will talk about his adventures and first ascents in Alaska and Patagonia such as the first solo ascent of Cerro Standhardt via the Exocet route, Nov 2010. Cerro Standhardt, Patagonia.

Sunday night Canadian neighbor Bernard Mailhot will present his years of climbing hard ice and numerous impressive first ascents in Quebec. Mailhot put up first ascents like Moby Dick (WI5+ M7) and Double 7 (WI7 M7) out on the Gaspe Peninsula.


Boston Mountaineering Committee – 2019 Ice Climbing Program

The Boston Mountaineering Committee will offer the 2019 Ice Climbing Program this winter. This program teaches waterfall ice climbing and technical mountaineering skills. Prospective students should have rock climbing and winter sports experience. Please attend a mandatory free informational lecture at Arc’Teryx Newbury Street in Boston on Monday, December 3rd at 7 pm (2nd and 3rd lectures for admitted students only on Jan 7th and Feb 4th). The program will be held in the White Mountains on Jan 25-27 and Feb 8-10. Cost is $315 (members) or $375 (non-members). Info: or [email protected]

MWV Ice Fest 2018 – Cathedral Ledge Video

I want to give a shout out to the Mount Washington Valley Ice Fest Crew. You do a spectacular job, better every year. Thanks for all your hard work and for inviting us to this great event. Congratulations on 25 Years.

I wonder what ice climbing will be like in another 25 years. It boggles the mind! But for now, enjoy this footage I shot with my drone at Cathedral Ledge on Sunday. 

Make a Naked A-Thread Rappel Anchor

Steve House shows you how to make a naked A-thread rappel anchor for descending from an ice route.

We like Naked A-thread rappel anchors. Threads with rope or slings left behind are nothing more than Alpine trash.

Steve will be at this years Mountainfest in the Adirondacks,  Jan. 12-14, 2018. Don’t miss his slideshow Saturday Night. NEice will be there with hot soup and flying the NEice Drones to capture this event from the air. It looks like the cold weather will continue and the conditions should be great! Hope to see you there. Information on The Mountainfest can be found here…


Whiteface Ski Mountaineering Classic

 The Mountaineer and Whiteface Mountain are combing forces to unleash the Inaugural Whiteface Ski Mountaineering Classic! This is a benefit event, all proceeds from the Ski Mountaineering Classic will be donated to NYSEF and The Keene Valley Ski Club.

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When: Sunday March 12th 2017

Where: Whiteface Mountain Located on Rt 86 in Wilmington, NY

Registration: We will offer registration the day of the event but we prefer (for planning purposes) to Please call the Mountaineer to pre-register 518-576-2281

Start Time: 7AM The green flag drops and you’ll start the 4+ mile course!

Cost:$60 per participant. Fee includes uphill pass valid through the end of 2018

 Demos and Casual tour info click here

Course details, rules and regulations click here



Mt Washington Backcountry Ski Festival

March 11-12, 2017
Presented by The North Face


The first annual Mt Washington Backcountry Ski Festival is a gathering in the White Mountains of New Hampshire for backcountry skiers & riders of all abilities. While geared towards backcountry skiers and snowboarders, climbers should check out these parts of the festival:

  • Vendor camp at Ragged Mountain Equipment each day with demos including some mountaineering and ice climbing gear.
  • AIARE Level 1 avalanche course that runs in conjunction with the festival from March 10-12
  • Apres Ski Party at Wildcat Mountain Ski Area on Saturday night (March 11) with free appetizers, open bar/pub, presentations, raffle & auction, and live band (Steven Cooney & The Wayfarers)
  • Best of all for climbers at the Apres Ski Party…featured presentation by Emily Harrington of The North Face Athlete Team, Emily will be speaking about her ascent and ski descent of Cho Oyu (6th tallest mountain in the world)

*** NEice readers can use the code of “nei10” to get 10% off their registration. The code expires March 9. Full details and registration options can be found on the website and Facebook page.