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The latest from the Ice Fest Crew.

Saturday Evening- Graham Zimmerman and Mark Richey

December 31, 2019

Graham Zimmerman and Mark Richey: Link Sar Since it was first attempted in the 1970s the peak Link Sar in the Pakistani Karakoram has been one the last great unclimbed peaks of the world’s big mountains. Join us as Graham Zimmerman and Mark Richey tell the story of their team’s multi-year quest to climb this…

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Welcome Jon Walsh!

December 23, 2019

Jon Walsh- Arc’teryx athlete and Friday evening presenter! We’re super pleased to welcome Jon Walsh to the MWV Ice Fest lineup this year!  Jon Walsh is an arcteryx alpinist based out of Calgary.  He is a prolific first ascentionist, and a self-described “collector of classic climbs”.  About climbing, in Jon’s words, “The whole physical side…

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Welcome back Barry Blanchard!

December 17, 2019

We’re psyched to let you all know that Barry Blanchard is back for MWV Ice Fest 2020!  His book The Calling: A Life Rocked By Mountains was awarded  the Boardman Tasker prize for mountain literature in 2015. An absolute legend in the field of alpinism we’re so lucky to have him instructing clinics Friday, Saturday and…

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Protect Our Winters at Ice Fest!

January 24, 2020

Big POW announcement time! We’re psyched to let you know about a new addition to the Friday night event line up.  After Jon Walsh’s feature presentation, we are stoked to host a Protect Our Winters Climate Panel. Protect Our Winters will be hosting a moderated discussion called “Climb For Climate” which will focus on the…

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Welcome back Anne Gilbert Chase and Majka Burhardt

December 20, 2019

Psyched to welcome back these two rad Patagonia athletes.  Last winter Majka and Anne Gilbert hopped north of the border for a little send-fest in Quebec. Photos here are courtesy of Jason Thompson!!  Get in a clinic with these ladies, real deal crushers right here!! From Majka: “Last winter was a really fun and successful…

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Boogalows

January 17, 2020

Boogalows Island BBQ will be back serving up warm Island fare as you return from your day of climbing!  Every clinic participant will be served hot food when they return!  Gluten free, vegan, vegetarian, and carnivore options abound!  The addition of a hot vegan curry soup last year was tops and we’re psyched to offer…

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La Sportiva demo gear

January 24, 2020

Welcome back La Sportiva!  Visit Ice Fest friend Doug Madara at the La Sportiva booth and get hooked up with the perfect Mountaineering boots for your clinic! 2020 Demo Fleet: Nepal Evo The Nepal Evo GTX is the trusted, classic mountaineering boot that merges traditional construction with modern materials and an updated aesthetic. They provide…

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American Alpine Club

January 28, 2020

American Alpine Club The AAC Vision is a simple one.  A United Community Of Competent Climbers And Healthy Climbing Landscapes.  A simple vision in a complicated landscape.  We’re stoked to have AAC continue their sponsorship of MWV Ice Fest, the longest running Ice Climbing Festival in the United States. There are tons of benefits to…

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Marcus Garcia

January 21, 2020

We are stoked to announce that our friends at Sterling Rope are sending Marcus Garcia our way this year for Ice Fest!  An accomplished climber and instructor, Marcus owns Durango Rock Lounge, where he dedicates most of his waking hours to teaching the next generation of climbers. Check out this Rock and Ice Article about…

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Max Lurie

January 16, 2020

Max Lurie started his Ice Fest career as an IMCS guide, now we’re totally pleased to welcome him home as a guest guide for 2020!  Max is originally from Bath, Maine and called the MWV home for many years before going west to guide in the PNW and Colorado.  He started guiding in 2008 here…

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