The 16th annual Adirondack International Mountainfest
January 13-15, 2012
Mountainfest is an annual celebration of ice climbing and mountaineering, featuring guest athletes who entertain us with tales of climbing adventures, instructional clinics taught by visiting climbers and local guides, demo gear, and a chance to gather with the climbing community for an exciting winter weekend.
Mountainfest 2012 boasts an excellent lineup of speakers, including Zoe Hart, Bayard Russell and Matt McCormick, and Emilie Drinkwater. Their slide shows on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings promise to be entertaining and also offer a chance to win raffle gear and free giveaways.
We’re offering more clinics than ever this year, including tons of ice climbing courses, snow and alpine climbing, snowshoe mountaineering, avalanche safety, and wilderness first aid. Many of the event sponsors will be here with the latest gear for you to take and climb with on both Saturday and Sunday.
Whether you come for the clinics or just climb on your own and check out the evening entertainment, Mountainfest is the place to be on Martin Luther King weekend.
We are now taking registrations now. Please call us at (518) 576-2281 from 8am to 5:30pm every day.
FRIENDS OF TUCKERMAN HELP REBUILD THE TRAILS
Saturday 10/22 and Sunday 10/23
The Tuckerman Ravine region was hit particularly hard during Irene. Due to all the hurricane damage this season, Friends of Tuckerman Ravine (FOTR) and the White Mountain National Forest reached out for help, and NEice and many others were there to lend a helping hand.
We moved an estimated 7 tons of rock to rebuild the third bridge on the Tuckerman trail. This was no easy task given the cold, rainy weather, but the spirits were high and the work went quickly.
Please join the Friends of Tuckerman Ravine for the 2nd Annual Tucks Dinner and help fund their efforts.
Awards Banquet and Live/Silent Auction. November 5, 2011.
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Photos by Doug Millen
The Ice of Agawa Canyon (Eastern Shore of Lake Superior)
by Shaun Parent
My first trip into Agawa Canyon was some 25 years ago on December 27, 1986 when Chris Lloyd and I ventured into the area for a week long adventure of exploring and developing ice climbs.
Things have changed plenty since the mid 1980’s when ice climbing was just beginning in the Canyon. Orient Bay to the north was known and climbers from the Midwest were flocking there on weekends due to the number of easily accessible routes. Here in Agawa Canyon, unlike Orient Bay, after 25 years the Canyon sees less than 50 visitors a season, and most of them head in during the annual Agawa Canyon Ice Festival. This March 2011 celebrates the 13th anniversary of the occasion.
The canyon is a 6 mile long north-south corridor between Miles 110 and 116 on the Algoma Central Railway which connects Sault Ste. Marie Ontario with Hearst Ontario at the end of the line at Mile 296. The line is used for hauling freight, but also has a passenger train service.
The Canyon hosts over 135 ice climbs and each year between mid-December and mid-April ice formations hang off the 200 meter walls which cloak the east and west sides of the canyon……..Read the rest of the report
February 4th-6th, 2011
North Conway, NH
The Mount Washington Valley Ice Festival, aka Ice Fest, was started 18 years ago by local climbing legend Rick Wilcox. One of the premier climbing events in the country, Ice Fest brings together climbers of all abilities to celebrate the adventure, the fun, and the comradery of ice climbing.
Friday evening Film Fest: The evening includes the Outdoor Research Film Fest with films that include Matt McCormick, Rufus J Lusk, Granite Films, Ueli Steck , Rob Frost , and Steve House !
Openings for clinics are still available. Sign up before they are filled!
See you there!
The 5th annual Alpinist / Smuggs Ice Bash takes place this weekend.
Friday, January 28: Kick off the Ice Bash weekend at Petra Cliffs in Burlington!
6:45 p.m. Matt McCormick presents “Climbing & Culture” – world class photography and video from Pakistan’s alpine playground, the Charakusa Valley.
7:00 p.m. Drytooling Competition begins – watch the area’s best climbers battle it out to a winner take all finish. Presented by Petzl.
Saturday & Sunday, January 29-30: the 5th annual Smuggs Ice Bash, the local’s ice climbing festival at the foot of Smuggler’s Notch, will be offering some great clinics for women, beginners, intermediate and advanced climbers alike, and a wicked slide show by Ian Osteyee at the village tavern, 6pm
For complete event info, schedule and clinics, visit: sunrise adventure sports.com
January 21, 22, 23 & 24
Last year was great fun! This year again will have multiple clinics on all the skills and techniques you need to get out on ice – from basic skills, to dry-tooling, to glacier travel techniques.
Slide shows on Friday & Saturday evening featuring ice climbing in the Catskills, and a special show by Freddie Wilkinson on Friday. Slide shows will be held at Rock and Snow at 8pm. – Marty Molitoris / Alpine Endeavors
In 25 seconds…….the 2010 Ice Fest!
by Anne Skidmore
“Well, as though things aren’t busy enough for a full time photographer, I make myself even busier with an event I love. In my spare time (haha, laugh now) I also help put together an Ice Climbing Festival here in North Conway. It is 3 days full of sponsors, demos, a climbing competition, slideshow, beer sponsor, Super 80’s Dance Party, Apres Climbing Hours, Guided Clinics, and tons more. PHEW! Catch my drift? Somehow I managed to snap a few photos while helping to pull it all together”
Join NEice at the 12th Annual Catskill Ice Festival – February 19, 20, 21 & 22nd
This has been a good year for ice in the Catskills and the Catskills hold some of the best ice climbing in the Northeast. Visit Ryan’s web site for a sample of the great climbing this area has to offer.
Learn all the skills and techniques you need to get out on the ice – Clinics range from basic skills, to dry-tooling, to glacier travel. Sign up on-line, or at Rock & Snow 44 Main St, New Paltz, NY 12561. Phone 845.255.1311.
Friday: Ryan Stefiuk of Big Foot Mountain Guides
Join Ryan as he talks about his ice climbing trip to Newfoundland. Classic lines, first ascents, see what awaits your next trip. Held at Rock & Snow, 8pm
Saturday: “Northern Revival” by Matt McCormick
Matt presents a multi-media look at the next generation of New England climbers pushing the limits year round on ice, rock, and mixed terrain. Held at Rock & Snow, 8pm
More information on this event can be found at Alpine Endeavors