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MWV Ice Fest 2017

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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.

Diana’s Bath, Champney Falls, Cathedral Ledge - Easy Hike

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Just a few photos of some short hikes on a weekday. Spent the day at some mellow waterfalls and at the top of Cathedral Ledge. The trail to Diana’s Bath falls is wide, well-maintained and easy. I can see why this spot attracts many families with small children. 








Afterwards I drove to the top of Cathedral Ledge.  During the winter season, this gate is locked. At the top is a parking lot and a short walk to fenced views above climbing route finishes. 






Chatted a bit with Tom Sawyer who was belaying Mike Cummins up the route called “Refuse”.  
From the lookout point with Whitehorse Ledge, Echo Lake and The White Mountain Hotel & Resort
On my way home I stopped off at the Champney Falls trailhead on the Kancamagus Highway. At the loop junction I took the right, up along the stone stairs. Then left onto the loop along the water. The hike up to the top of the loop trail was easy and views along and down the loop trail was fantastic! I never have, but hope to ice climb here.