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Outdoor Research peeps! Alexa, Peter and Bayard back at Fest!

December 14, 2019

These Outdoor Research ambassadors work and play here in the Mount Washington Valley.  Treasure troves of local beta, count yourself lucky if you get to climb with one of these crushers! Bayard has climbed ice and rock all over the world but is happiest when climbing near his home right here in the Mount Washington…

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Sterling Rope

December 12, 2019

We heart these ropes, big time!  Made in USA, these ropes are local, dependable, and we love climbing on them.  Sterling’s goal is to give total reliability on their end, so you can feel confident going into all your endeavors, whatever they may be.  Sign up for a clinic today and you will undoubtedly be…

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PETZL demo

December 9, 2019

Welcome back longtime sponsor, Petzl!  Petzl is bringing one of their biggest demo fleets to date for MWV Ice Fest 2020.  Check out their inventory below and start dreaming about getting kitted out! Having trouble deciding where to start?  Petzl put together HOW TO CHOSE THE RIGHT ICE TOOL.  Its a great guide to start…

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Emilie Drinkwater- Outdoor Research Athlete

December 5, 2019

Welcome back to MWV Ice Fest Emilie!  We’re so stoked to get this Outdoor Research athlete and super dialed guide back to instruct for us in 2020.  Emilie currently lives out in Salt Lake City, Utah, but grew up here in the Northeast! Emilie was just the 9th woman (and 100th American) to obtain an…

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Access Fund- 2020 Beneficiary!

November 27, 2019

Access Fund is back as our official MWV Ice Fest non-profit beneficiary for 2020!  They have had a super busy year nationally, as well as right here in the Northeast.  A portion of the door proceeds on Friday evening, as well as 100% of the silent auction proceeds, go to supporting this organization.  They work…

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Matty Bowman

November 26, 2019

Matty Bowman is back!  Matt resides just “North of the Notch” in Berlin.  He co-owns  the White Mountain Cafe and Bookstore, is an awesome Dad, and guides for NEM!  Matt got hooked on the Whites when he spent a stint caretaking the Harvard Cabin at the base of Huntington Ravine, a storied refuge for climbers in…

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Lodging

November 25, 2019

Hey folks! Hop on over to our LODGING page to check out some deals for Ice Festers!!  Book your clinics and rooms, ASAP!!  Ice Festers get discounts at Eastern Slope Inn and Comfort Inn right here in North Conway.  Also, check out White Mountain Hostel in Conway for bunk-style accommodations (and private rooms)!  

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Ben Mirkin

November 20, 2019

Our friend Ben Mirkin is back!  Pictured on the Beckey-Chouinard route in the Bugaboos last summer, Ben lives, guides and teaches here in New England year round.  Ben is a professor at Northern Vermont University, just over the border in the North East Kingdom of VT.  Last year Ben added to his already beefy credentials…

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Matt Shove

November 18, 2019

Matt Shove is the owner of Ragged Mountain Guides in CT, founded in 2010. Matt instructs all over the Northeast, he also leads technical courses and mountain trips in ranges and crags all over the US.  He has conducted training programs for elite mountain warfare soldiers, and the US Coast Guard, and was a Technical Editor for…

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Keith Sidle

November 12, 2019

New guest guide alert!! Welcome to Ice Fest, Keith!  Keith Sidle first discovered ice climbing right here in the Mount Washington Valley over a dozen years ago, and hasn’t missed a season since.  Keith has been guiding for the past nine years, splitting time between MWV winters and the Tetons in the summer.  In his…

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