Welcome back Ian Osteye and CAMP to MWV Ice Fest 2019!
Ian Osteyee is a climber out of Lake Placid, NY.  He is the owner and principal guide at Adirondack Mountain Guides.  We’re psyched to have him back guiding MWV Ice Fest this year.  Ian has been a regular on the guest guide scene here in the valley and you’re in for a treat if you get into one of his clinics.  A CAMP, Rab and BlueWater Ropes athlete, his tick list of first ascents and big mountain climbs is stout.  But his favorite stuff?  The weird, thin, mixed climbing the North East is known for!
CAMP will be at Ice Fest this year once again, demoing their latest and greatest.  This company was formed in the 1800s folks, after the first ascent of Mont Blanc.  They have a serious dedication to innovative mountain equipment.  Check out their history , its pretty cool to hold a modern ice tool and think about your climbing gear stemming from a blacksmith’s forge and some big ideas!

Without the desert, one would not think to build pyramids. Without the ocean, one would not build ships to cross them. Without the mountains, one would not build the tools needed to climb them; as much to see the view from the top as to explore within ourselves. Great ideas do not simply appear. They are forged, hammered and shaped like finely crafted metal by the hands of experience, inspiration and ingenuity.

So it is with CAMP (Concezione Articoli Montagna Premana), situated in the small mountain village of Premana, Italy. This is a place where history, experience, imagination, and verticality have coalesced into a veritable crucible of mountain culture and technical innovation. –CAMP

A little bit from Ian about climbing:

What kind of climbing do you prefer? I like to climb trad mixed climbs and enjoy thin ice that appears in odd places.

What do I think of trad climbing? I think it’s the soul of the sport.

What do you think of sport climbing? I think it has advanced the grades and physical difficulty of the sport, but lacks the cerebral and consequential part of the sport that I enjoy most.

Alpine Climbing? Alpine climbing is amazing if there aren’t too many others around, technical alpine climbing is, for me, of the most rewarding types of climbing.

Mixed climbing? See above