Hey Folks, winter is moving in here and we gotta start sharing more of the goods with y’all!
We just got word from our great friends at Outdoor Research that they will be back again as the Headlining Sponsor to this year’s 2019 Mount Washington Valley Ice Fest!
These guys and gals have been going big for Ice Fest for years, and we couldn’t be more honored and excited to have them back! Stay tuned in the months to come for more info on what Outdoor Research will be bringing to the event. Guest guides, killer demo gear, and unbelievable support! We’ll keep you posted!
In the meantime, check out their story. It’s a sweet little video that makes you feel pretty good about supporting a company like Outdoor Research. Plus, there is tale of how an epic on Denali led to the creation of the company. Pretty wild and impressive!
“It’s not how often we get out as much as how often we want to be out that makes us who we are. Our goal is to do all we can to expand the tribe of people who share our belief that progress is spiritual and life is unimaginable without the quest”.
Cheers! Thanks for being so rad, Outdoor Research! We heart you guys big time!
And don’t forget, the mountains are calling.
Here you go folks! A big printable schedule for the whole Mount Washington Valley Ice Fest weekend!
DOWNLOAD THE PRINTABLE ICE FEST SCHEDULE!
CLICK HERE: https://www.mwv-icefest.com/schedule/
Check out all the events from the demos, clinics, evening shows, Apres Hour at IME, Boogalow’s Food Truck, Coffee from Frontside Grind, Bagels from Bagels Plus and MORE! And share with your friends! More updates to come today on cool things happening at the MWV Ice Fest!
We are constantly blown away by how many guides return, year after year, to work the Mount Washington Valley Ice Fest. This year is no different and here are a few fantastic New England guides that we are stoked to say are coming back!
Erik Thatcher is a guide based on the west side of the White Mountains, where he can be found either in his garden or at the cliff. A wonderful and patient instructor, he runs the Holderness Climbing Team and enjoys facilitating the growth of these young climbers year -round. At the moment, Erik is soaking up the desert sun with his crew in Joshua Tree!
Jordan Cargill was born and raised in the White Mountains, and winter comes easy to him. What began as a love of skiing has evolved into a life devoted to exploring the cold mountains of the world. Jordan currently spends his summers guiding on Mount Rainier and his winters here in New Hampshire (although my latest email from him came from Quito, Ecuador!).
Matt Bowman is a New Hampshire guide known for his love of exploring his home range of the White Mountains. I swear, this guy is always in the mountains! With extensive local experience, as well as seasons spent in Alaska and the Cascades, there is no one better to spend a day in the alpine with!
Ben Mirkin is a teacher, and lucky for us, what he is passionate about teaching is being in the mountains. Whether it is as a Mountain Recreation Professor with Lyndon State College, or as an avalanche instructor and guide for Mooney Mountain Guides, Ben is constantly imparting mountain wisdom on his students and guests. Climbing, skiing, and making the big decisions in the mountains, Ben has it all wired!
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.
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