Mountainfest 2023 Friday



AIARE Avalanche Rescue

AIARE Avalanche Rescue is a one-day stand alone course that is intended to be retaken on a regular basis in order to keep abreast of best practices in rescue techniques and gear. New participants will learn the basics of companion rescue, while returning participants will expand their skill set with advanced topics and realistic scenario practice to help improve their skills.

Each participant will have the opportunity to receive professional coaching on their rescue skills, and will receive a rescue card acknowledging the completion date.

AIARE Avalanche Rescue is a prerequisite for the AIARE 2 and Pro 1 courses. AIARE recommends that all backcountry travelers keep their skills current by taking an Avalanche Rescue course and receiving a rescue card at least every other year.


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Intro to Backcountry Skiing Clinic (6 participants $150): 9AM-3PM meet at The Mountaineer

Not cross-country skiing or downhill skiing, this is earning your turns! Experience skinning to the top of a slope then making turns on natural snow. Guides will provide tips for the ascent, transitions, and going downhill. Suitable equipment includes alpine touring and performance telemark (not Nordic backcountry or alpine skis). Helmets recommended.

Best suited for: intermediate (blue square) alpine skiers, with good fitness (able to ascend 700’ vertical), previous winter hiking experience.

We will cover: Uphill techniques (skinning up a track, herringbone, sidestep), downhill techniques  (kick turn, parallel turns, stopping), transitions at the top and bottom of a run.

For more information please contact Skylight Mountain Guides | call or text (518) 302-9418 |

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Registration & payment ensures a spot for clinic | (518) 302-9418


Top Rope Set-up Clinic (6 participants $150):  9AM-3PM meet at Mountainfest Vendor Village

Having the skills to set up top rope systems safely and efficiently opens up tremendous opportunities to experience both ice and rock climbing.  Join beloved regional guide Doug Ferguson and learn from one of the best in the business.  Aside from discussions and demos about building strong, solid anchors, Doug will share some tips and tricks to manage risk and safety while working at the top of the cliff.  While there may be an opportunity to climb a pitch or two and use the anchors built, the main focus is on learning anchor building skills to help set the stage for future climbing endeavors.  Please bring appropriate clothing options to stay warm outside regardless of exertion level.

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For more information & to register, please contact Mountain Skills via the INQUIRY & REGISTRATION FORM


Basic Mountaineering Skills for Climbers/Skiers (4 participants $175): 9AM-3PM meet at Mountainfest Vendor Village

Perfect for the climber, skier or hiker wanting a better understanding of classic mountaineering tools of ice axes and crampons.  Focus will be less on vertical ice climbing and more about moving well and increasing security on moderately steep sections of rock, ice, and snow.  Guides will discuss the various equipment options available and an emphasis will be placed on plenty of hands-on practice.  Discussion will include when and where some basic rope systems may be applied.  This is a beginner clinic, no previous climbing experience is required - a great first step for those wanting to gain confidence on steeper terrain encountered in the peaks of the Northeast, or considering a guided climb of larger peaks like Mt Rainier.

*Participants must have mountaineering or alpine touring boots with properly adjusted 10 or 12 point steel crampons.  Soft winter hiking boots, Kahtoola “microspikes”, and Hillsound “trail crampons” are not adequate.  Guides will provide climbing harnesses and helmets if participants don’t have these and a variety of ice axes to try.  

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For more information & to register, please contact Adirondack Rock and River Guide Service | (518) 576-2041


*NEW* “Tour de Grit” Advanced Clinic with Ian Osteyee presented by CAMP (4 participants $195): 8:30AM-3PM meet at Mountainfest Vendor Village CAMP-USA Booth

Between the thick and thunker ice routes of the world exist the lines less travelled. Often mixed, or thinly iced (and protected) these gems require a different set of assessment skills, climbing and protection techniques. Ian has been climbing since 1983 with ascents throughout the US, Canada, Europe and Nepal and is probably best known for climbing thin, desperate and gritty mixed routes in his home range of the Adirondacks. Come join Ian on a tour of some of his favorite Adirondack “gems”. 

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For more information, please contact Petra Cliffs Mountaineering School & to register CLICK HERE | (802) 657-3872


Intro to Leading Ice presented by Black Diamond  (4 participants $195): 8:30AM-3PM meet at Mountainfest Vendor Village Black Diamond Booth

Getting on the sharp end of the rope is serious business and more complicated than just firing in some ice screws as you climb.  This clinic will focus on reading ice, organizing gear and climbing rope, finding best possible ice screw placements and building anchors.  Participants will have the opportunity to correctly identify and manage the unique risks of leading ice climbs.  Leading ice climbs is intimidating, this clinic will help prepare for the next step.  Aside from being a total crusher, Joe Vitti is one of the most experienced and skilled guides in the region. More about Joe here.  For risk management reasons, climbers will have a top-rope belay while practicing “mock leads” during this clinic. 

*All clinic participants will walk away with a free ice screw courtesy of Black Diamond!

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For more information & to register, please contact Vitti Mountain Guides | (845) 901-3687 |


Beginner Ice with James Pitarresi  (8 participants $150): 9AM-3PM meet at Mountainfest Vendor Village

Appropriate for beginners, this clinic is all about having fun!  Previous climbing experience is okay, but not required.  Guides will help outfitting gear for the day including harnesses, helmets, ice axes, boots and crampons and then head to a cliff to try a variety of climbs.  Focus will be on basics of belaying and rope systems; guides will coach throughout the day to make sure everyone is comfortable with these systems and keeping a keen eye on safety.  With the basics covered, focus will shift to fundamentals of movement on ice.  Tips and coaching from a qualified instructor is one of the best ways to accelerate the learning curve and really begin to have fun while  ice climbing!

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  For more information & to register, please contact Adirondack Rock and River Guide Service | (518) 576-2041


Intermediate Ice with Joey Thompson presented by Rab  (6 participants $195): 9AM-3PM meet Mountainfest Vendor Village Rab Booth

This clinic is perfect for the climber that has some experience but is looking to refine their movement on steeper ice up to WI 4+.  Like any form of climbing, a few tips and tricks for moving efficiently on varying types and features of ice can help save energy and have more fun!  Join the guides of Alpine Endeavors and Rab athlete Joey Thompson for this intermediate ice climbing session with an emphasis on getting plenty of time on ice to practice new techniques. 

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For more information, please contact Alpine Endeavors & to register CLICK HERE


Steep Ice with Alan Rousseau presented by Grivel (8 participants $195): 8:30AM-3PM meet at Mountainfest Vendor Village Grivel Booth

This is an advanced clinic for climbers looking to refine technique and break into the realm of the steepest lines.  Join the guides of Adirondack Rock and River Guide Service and Grivel athlete Alan Rousseau and prepare for a download of skills that will blow minds.  Even though this clinic will be held at a crag setting and open to all experienced climbers interested in learning techniques, climbers that already have the skills and fitness to comfortably top-rope grade 4+ ice will get the most out of the day.

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For more information, please contact Adirondack Rock and River Guide Service | (518) 576-2041


Climb 1000 feet of Ice (2 participants $250): 8AM-4PM meet at Mountainfest Vendor Village

Join Mark Scott of Great Range Mountain Guides for a full day of climbing including some classic routes.  This clinic will meet early and quickly go over gear and equipment to make sure participants have everything for climbing multi-pitch routes.  Carrying small packs with only the essentials, participants will climb a variety of routes with an emphasis on efficiency.  Along the way Mark will discuss movement techniques and rope systems that keep a team moving steadily on ice.  

*Previous climbing experience is required.  Participants should be comfortable following ice climbs including cleaning ice screws on routes up to Grade 4.

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For more information & to register, please contact Great Range Mountain Guides |