We want to send a big welcome to all the Outdoor Research athletes that will be back at the 2018 Mount Washington Valley Ice Fest! Not only are each of these people amazing climbers, teachers and guides but also absolutely awesome people. We are so psyched to have so a stellar roster of OR athletes back at the event! Here are a few fun facts about each one coming back!
Alexa Siegel: Alexa loves all forms of climbing from sport climbing to ice and mixed climbing. She has traveled all over the United States and abroad to pursue the sport, but she is always happy to call New Hampshire home and climbs here year round.
Matt McCormick: Matt has since been perpetually psyched on pursuing all forms of the sport – from 10 foot tall boulder problems to new ice and mixed lines, to high altitude golden granite. This passion has led him to travel to destinations all over the world including Pakistan, China, and the Canadian Rockies.
Emilie Drinkwater: Emilie is the 9th woman to be fully AMGA/IFMGA certified guide and one of the most talented and humble ice climbers we know. She has climbed and skied all over the world and have first ascents/descents in the Adirondacks, Alaska, the Karakoram, and the Hindu Kush.
Bayard Russell: Bayard says he enjoys winter climbing for “the complexity of the challenges” and loves teaching the finer points of climbing technique and tactics. Bayard is always psyched to share his experience and love for the outdoors.
Bryan Gilmore: While he enjoys long, remote alpine routes most, he’s also appreciates the short, fierce test-pieces of Rumney and mixed climbing. Bryan just returned from a month in the Tasermiut Fjord, Greenland, where he summited Nalumasortoq and Ulamertorsuaq.
Peter Doucette: Peter is an AMGA/IFMGA Mountain Guide and climbs extensively throughout the world having completed numerous first ascents from Alaska to Namibia. His ideal day in the alpine involves ephemeral ice, solid partnership, and good timing.
There is so much gear out there?! What is a climber to do? Well we decided to ask some of the Outdoor Research athletes what their winter “must haves”, “go to pieces”, “dang I love this”, and “I can’t climb without this” products are this season! So check it out, and see what winter essential you may be missing out on from your winter kit. We hope this helps you refine what you throw into your pack and help your climbing days be even better!
Alexa Siegel’s favorite item, The Outdoor Research Phosphor Mitt: These mitts are filled with warm 600-fill power RDS goose down. Water-resistant synthetic suede palms with a fleece backer add extra durability and protection to these warm, compressible, wind-proof gloves. So when you’re on the mountain or warming up at a belay, these are the mitts you want in your pack to make those digits happy!
Bryan Gilmore & Bayard Russell’s go to piece, The Outdoor Research Deviator Hoody: Yep! This piece got two strong votes from both Bryan & Bayard. It’s the perfect mid layer and has a sweet hood that you can put on to keep in the warmth. It has a light insulation at your core that stays dry and circulates airflow for incredible breathability, and light Polartec fleece in the hood, sleeves and back panel that wicks moisture and keeps you comfortable. This piece is a must have! Men’s & Women’s available.
Bayard Russell, always throws this one in the pack, The Outdoor Research Uberlayer Hooded Jacket: Perfect for cold approaches and throwing on when you need an extra layer, this backcountry chameleon provides the warmth of a synthetic puffy one moment and the breathability and quick-dry performance of a fleece the next, all without forcing you to add, remove or adjust your layers. Men’s & Women’s available.
Emilie Drinkwater’s, Can’t climb without this, The Outdoor Research Cathode Hooded Jacket: The Cathode Hooded Jacket, a 2014 Outside Magazine Gear of the Year winner for its hybrid design—perfect for multi-pitch climbing and has a wind-resistant mapped fabric on the sides and under the arms, and a fully insulated hood to keep you warm at belays up high when that chilly breeze kicks into high gear. I great layer under your shell for ice climbing, outer layer when moving fast or when your ice climbing in the sun and the temps are just right! Men’s & women’s available.
Peter Doucette’s ice climbing gloves, The Outdoor Research Stormtracker & Extravert Gloves: Finding the right glove for ice climbing is tricky, you want them warm but not too bulky, and they need to be agile. Here’s what Peter has to recommend: “When I’m climbing ice, I’m usually wearing a pair of Stormtrackers. If its particularly cold the Extravert adds more warmth and insulation without giving up important dexterity for handling equipment and gripping tools. Together they are my “go to” gloves, for everyday out.” Stormtracker is made in men’s & women’s. Extravert Gloves are men’s only.
We are so stoked to update you all on some more of the talented Outdoor Research athletes and guides that will be guiding at the 2017 Ice Fest! We welcome back Outdoor Research Ambassador Emilie Drinkwater! Emilie is an American Mountain Guide, certified (Rock, Alpine, Ski) by the AMGA and licensed internationally by the IFMGA/UIAGM/IVBV. Her sixteen year professional career spans the spectrum from the small, rugged mountains of the Northeast to the world’s biggest mountain ranges in Alaska, out west and the Karakoram. Her personal favorite climbs include Polar Circus and the Weeping Wall (Canadian Rockies), Moonlight Buttress (Zion), South face of the South Troll Wall (Alaska), and of course the many outstanding back country routes on Wallface in the Adirondacks. We are so stoked this lady will be with us to guide and hang at the festivities!
Emilie is guiding:
Friday: Ladies Just Wanna Climb Clinic
Sunday: Ladies Just Wanna Climb Clinic
We are also excited to welcome Outdoor Research Athlete, Alexa Siegel. Alexa isn’t just a talented sport & trad climber; with ticks of tricky, winter test pieces and a passion for long routes out west like Half Dome’s Regular Northwest Face with young partner-in-crime Hanna Lucy, this alpinista is proving herself North Conway’s next all round lady crusher, and the Mount Washington Valley Ice Fest is proud to have this up-and-comer for a third year of awesome Guest Guiding! When she’s not on seacoast rock climbing trips in Newfoundland, bumming around the Valley, sending The Prow at Cathedral Ledge or lashing on fruit boots for her latest project at the mixed crag, Alexa works as a guide for various places around the north country; in the summertime, you can find her at Cathedral or Whitehorse most hazy days, taking out psyched youngsters for the Kismet Rock Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to exposing underprivileged kids to the beauties and challenges of rock climbing. In the wintertime, Alexa’s usually taking all sorts of folks into the crags and mountains for Cathedral Mountain Guides. We’re so psyched to have this young gun joining us for another Ice fest!
Here is what Alexa is guiding:
Saturday: Ladie’s Mixed Climbing Clinic
Sunday: Ladies Just Wanna Climb Clinic
This morning, we are psyched to welcome back our headlining sponsor, Outdoor Research! At Outdoor Research, they believe that life gets better the minute you step out the door on a new adventure, no matter how big or small. Outdoor Research is built on the idea that life is an adventure, and the best gear makes it more fun! We are so excited to have them back for another incredible Ice Fest!
In addition to the awesome gear you can demo from Outdoor Research, there will also be some talented OR ambassadors and guides teaching at Ice Fest! Those details soon! For now, we welcome back Outdoor Research Ambassador Emilie Drinkwater! Emilie is an American Mountain Guide, certified (Rock, Alpine, Ski) by the AMGA and licensed internationally by the IFMGA/UIAGM/IVBV. Her fifteen year professional career spans the spectrum from the small, rugged mountains of the Northeast to the world’s biggest mountain ranges in Alaska and the Karakoram. Her personal favorite climbs include Polar Circus and the Weeping Wall (Canadian Rockies), Moonlight Buttress (Zion), South face of the South Troll Wall (Alaska), and of course the many outstanding back country routes on Wallface in the Adirondacks. We are so stoked this lady will be with us to guide and hang at the festivities!
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