Every year at Ice Fest, we hold a silent auction to raise funds for non-profits that work hard to support the New England climbing community. This year, we are excited to be working with the Access Fund as our official beneficiary. Locally, Access Fund and Northeast Regional Director, Mike Morin have been hard at work on a number of projects that impact New England climbers on a daily basis. One of the the most recent victories is the reopening of Band Am Ledge up here in the Mount Washington Valley!
This Friday, Feb. 2nd at the evening events we will host the Access Fund Silent Auction with Jesse Huey’s presentation that evening! Score big deals on gear while supporting the Access Fund! Evening events are hosted at Theater In The Wood in Intervale, NH and doors open at 6pm! Food from Boogalows BBQ Food Truck will be available and beer from our good friends from Tuckerman Brewing Company. Only $5 for Access Fund members to get in, and $10 for regular admission. Bring friends, and support a great cause while enjoying an inspiring evening. See you THIS Friday at 6:30pm!
Directions To Theater in the Wood From IME/IMCS:
To learn even MORE about what the Access Fund has been working on locally here in the northeast, check out our post from November: https://www.mwv-icefest.com/2017/11/06/mwv-ice-fest-beneficiary-access-fund/
Hey Folks! A lot of ice & mixed climbing clinics are filling up but there is still some room from beginner to advanced clinics! You can still sign up for Mixed Climbing on FRIDAY with Katie Bono and Bayard Russell! Katie Bono just came in 3rd in the Ouray Ice Park Competition and Bayard is known for a handful first ascent mixed lines in New Hampshire and also an awesome teacher! Don’t miss out!
Here are a handful of other clinics that still have room in them, but don’t wait to sign up!:
Call the climbing school to reserve your spot! It’s going to be a blast!: 603-356-7064
Hey there gear junkies! Are you still looking to refine your ice climbing kit or what your layering system is? We thought we would ask the Outdoor Research athletes that are coming to guide, what pieces are their “must haves” this winter. You know, the piece you can’t leave home without and is probably really stinky from you wearing it all too much! Surprisingly enough FOUR, yes four out of the 6 OR athletes wrote us back and told us the Ascendant Hoody was one of their favorites. The Deviator Hoody, Uberlayer Jacket, Radiant Tights & AlpineIce Pants and Jacket all go strong votes as well! Check out what each athlete said is their go to piece(s) this winter!
Emilie Drinkwater: Women’s Ascendant Hoody, “My favorite piece right now is definitely the Ascendant Hoody. It’s so soft and comfortable and can be worn as a layer or on it’s own because it’s durable and breathable. I basically haven’t taken it off since October. Get one!”
Bryan Gilmore: AlpineIce Jacket & Pants, ” My favorite piece (or pieces) is the Alpenice Pants and Jacket this stuff rules for cold days ice climbing. I used both the jacket and pants exclusively on my recent ice climbing trip to the Canadian Rockies and stayed so comfortable.”
Matt McCormick: Ascendant Hoody & Uberlayer Jacket, “The Ascendant Hoody is a great active insulation piece which breathes well and also keeps you warm while belaying. The Uberlayer is a jacket that I wear every time I go climbing climbing and just hanging out.”
Alexa Siegel: Radiant Tights, “The Radiant tights are the perfect mid weight layer to keep your legs and the rest of you warm. Throw them on over a pair of long underwear, top it off with the cirque pant and you’re ready for the coldest of ice climbing days. I rarely leave home without these in my layering system!
Peter Doucette: Ascendant Hoody, “I’ve been practically living in my Ascendent jacket this fall and winter. It’s comfort through the range of temperatures is remarkable. I wear it as my outer layer when I’m moving at a moderate pace and I’m happy to have it as insulation under a hard or soft shell on cold climbing days. A great piece for ice climbing or ski touring as it pushes any moister through to the outside and I’m pretty sure it would pack small if I ever did take it off.
Bayard Russell: Ascendant Hoody & Deviator Hoody, “Whether I’m headed out to guide or out for a personal day of climbing, the Ascendant & Deviator Hoody’s are two pieces I always grab. Especially during this most recent cold snap, these two were key in keeping me warm and smiling in addition to moving fast.”
We are excited to let you all know that the American Alpine Club will be at this years Ice Fest to answer all your questions about who they are, what they do, and why you should join. But to get you started, we wanted to let you know the following about the American Alpine Club and what they do for the climbing community as a whole!
AAC MISSION: To support our shared passion for climbing and respect for the places we climb.
VISION: A united community of competent climbers and healthy climbing landscapes.
CORE VALUES: Authoritative climbing information, knowledge and resources benefit and inspire us and future generations. Advocacy and leadership advance our climbing interests and promote conservation. Community and competency strengthen and embolden us to push our limits.
MEMBER BENEFITS: Gear. Clothing. Camping. Gym memberships. When you love the outdoors, expenses and logistics can really rack up. Here at the AAC, we know that every dollar spent on equipment, guidebooks, and insurance is one less dollar for your next big trip. Joining the AAC gives you access to discounts so you can spend more time and money doing what you love, all while supporting American climbing and making a difference in your local community. On top of your national discounts, you get deals at hundreds of gear shops, climbing gyms, guide services, and lodging facilities across the country. Not to mention discounted or free access to AAC events. Translation: free swag, new friends, good beer.
Be sure to hit up their table during the event! Welcome back American Alpine Club!
International Mountain Climbing School
2733 White Mountain Highway (Rt. 16)
North Conway, NH 03860