Hey Folks, winter is moving in here and we gotta start sharing more of the goods with y’all!
We just got word from our great friends at Outdoor Research that they will be back again as the Headlining Sponsor to this year’s 2019 Mount Washington Valley Ice Fest!
These guys and gals have been going big for Ice Fest for years, and we couldn’t be more honored and excited to have them back! Stay tuned in the months to come for more info on what Outdoor Research will be bringing to the event. Guest guides, killer demo gear, and unbelievable support! We’ll keep you posted!
In the meantime, check out their story. It’s a sweet little video that makes you feel pretty good about supporting a company like Outdoor Research. Plus, there is tale of how an epic on Denali led to the creation of the company. Pretty wild and impressive!
“It’s not how often we get out as much as how often we want to be out that makes us who we are. Our goal is to do all we can to expand the tribe of people who share our belief that progress is spiritual and life is unimaginable without the quest”.
Cheers! Thanks for being so rad, Outdoor Research! We heart you guys big time!
And don’t forget, the mountains are calling.
Fun times in the IMCS office! We have a sneak peek for you of 2019’s official Ice Fest Trucker Hat design (big shout out to Silverline Graphics for doing the heavy lifting!). We are spreading even more local artist love at Ice Fest this year. 2018 we featured art by Mount Washington Valley native Hannah Lucy and this year we’re psyched to have the artwork of Emma Yardley featured. Emma is a second generation Ice Fester. Her Pops, Nick Yardley, was one of the originals way back in 1994!
A little about Emma:
“Emma grew up on the ridges and rivers of the north east: where she started climbing Ice at 8 years old and where all her lines and dots began. When she makes it home for Ice she runs up gullies with her Dad, chasing his heels the best she can on big long sufferfest days. She has been on the loose out West for a chunk of time now and finds herself in the Southern Hemisphere in the winters where she works at a flyfishing lodge but is always trying to finagle a bit of Ice season into her year-round summer life. While she’s away she’s always able to go right back to the Whites by drawing them, no matter where she is.”
Hats are available at the Event!! See you there!
Hello Wednesday! Today we be reminding you of all the fur evening presenters! We encourage you to get there early and the Boogalows Island BBQ Food Truck will be there too! So grab dinner when you arrive and then come inside for a Tuckermans brewski! Here’s the beta!
Theater In The Wood, Intervale, NH
Doors open at 6:30pm
FRIDAY, Feb 2nd: Jesse Huey, Mixtress Film & The Access Fund Silent Auction
A CAMP athlete and a well-known crusher, Jesse Huey will be presenting Friday night at Theater in the Wood. His show will focus on “my journey and experience from a lifetime of climbing ice and being in the alpine. That narrative follows a journey that started in the Canmore region where I climbed extensively before a very successful trip to Alaska. In 2010 I climbed the Slovak Direct on the South Face of Denali which put me on a path that I didn’t really see coming. I was then injured terribly in China and faced with a horrendous decision in Pakistan in 2013. Since then I have been climbing things that have called more to my soul, rather than to the notoriety that often accompanies an epic ascent. This presentation will be an honest conversation about this experience; the highs, the lows, and the loss of really really amazing people along the way.”
SATURDAY, Feb. 3rd: Raphael Slawinski & DJ Mon Voyage Neon
Raphael is an Arc’Teryx athlete and his presentation is a bit of a retrospective – “both a personal one, and one of ice and mixed climbing more generally. It’s sobering to realize I’m old enough and have been climbing long enough to have seen the discipline evolve, sometime almost out of all recognition. I will talk about my first steps in the 90s, how they coincided with a revolution in what could be done with ice tools, and how that revolution moved to the mountains in the 2000s. It’s about my personal journey and how it mirrored (and sometime in a small way contributed to) larger currents.”
FRIDAY & SATURDAY NIGHTS!
Cilogear Worksacks are back at Ice Fest to demo for the weekend. These meticulously crafted backpacks are designed and manufactured in Portland, Oregon. Want to know where your consumer dollars are going? Shop with this company. They source all their materials meticulously and use that same precision in their design and manufacturing process: and climbers, and guides, like the results.
“Guides love Graham’s packs because they don’t have a single extra feature, they last forever, they are really reasonably priced, and they work. Guides don’t make their decisions based on color, logos, water bottle holders, triple X suspensions. They want something that works.” Gear Maker Profile: Graham Williams
Glad to have these awesome packs on board to try out again this year! Check out more deets on Cilogear on Vimeo!
International Mountain Climbing School
2733 White Mountain Highway (Rt. 16)
North Conway, NH 03860