Saturday, February 4, 2017

MWV Ice Fest 2017




What a fantastic weekend at the annual Mount Washington Valley Ice Festival in North Conway - it went by way too quickly! Wanted to sign up for the Outdoor Research Women's Steep Ice Climbing clinic last year but I was too late. This year I made sure I signed up early, as the all-women's clinics usually fill up quickly. I met and ice climbed with some wonderful women. And we were guided by some of the very best in the industry, Majka Burhardt and Emilie Drinkwater. Also got to demo Petzl Nomic ice tools and Darts crampons. Really loved the Nomics....easy to swing and remove. The Darts took a bit to get used to but after a while, it felt like my dual point Lynx. Enjoy some photos taken of our day!





Got to demo Petzl Nomics
and Darts for the ice fest

Ali from Sterling Rope Company

Gearing up

Majka Burhardt demonstrating steep ice
technique with Emilie Drinkwater on her belay.

Champney Falls

Eliza Earle, Adventure Photographer, was on hand for 
the day to take our photos at Champney Falls.

Majka Burhardt giving me much needed beta!

Great group of ladies to spend the day climbing with!
Bottom left to right: Nancy, Elise, Moira & Kierstie
Top left to right: Majka, Emilie, Kimberly and me



After climbing, several of us headed over to Muddy Moose
for dinner. I love their Fruits of the Forest Salad!




At the entrance of the Theater In The Woods is the photo booth. Smile, put on a prop and a silly pose! Kierstie and I hamming it up! Featured presenter for the night was Guy Robertson. He gave an "insider's view" of winter climbing in Scotland. At the end of the presentation lots of sexy climbing gear was raffled off. 


Photo booth photos from Eric McCallister Photography. 











While at the presentation I got the chance to speak with Chris Magness and he let me know of the newly launched Protect Mount Washington campaign website and Facebook page. Please consider making a donation. Your donation will help with costs associated with retaining BCM Environmental & Land Law to represent the public's interest and community outreach.