I know that we are still wearing shorts and rock shoes, but we just can’t help ourselves – we’re already psyched for winter.  Especially since this year marks the 25th annual Mount Washington Valley Ice Fest!

One thing that always gets us going in the fall is the design and unveiling of this year’s poster and graphics. Like we have for many years, we are again featuring the artwork of the incredible Randy Rackliff.  Randy says that he made the original woodcut around that time that he first met and climbed with Alex Lowe.  After Alex’s passing, Randy’s wife secretly sent the original to Alex’s wife, Jenny.  For years, Randy had no idea where the piece was until one day he saw a short Black Diamond video about Conrad Anker’s gear closet.  Check out Randy’s work making a cameo appearance around the 1:00 minute mark.  And then check out more of Randy’s work at Cold Cold World.

Years and years of MWV Ice Fest Posters.

The MWV Ice Fest team is deep in the planning phases, so stay tuned to the blog, Facebook, and Instagram in the coming months for updates on sponsors, guides, and evening events.