Mountainfest 2023 Saturday

 

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AIARE Level 1  3-day course (Saturday-Monday)

AIARE Level 1 is for anyone, regardless of method of travel, who wants to recreate in or near avalanche terrain.  Participants may have attended some awareness classes or workshops or completed the Avalanche Rescue course, but neither are a prerequisite for this course.  Aspiring professionals will need to take the AIARE 1 and Avalanche Rescue as a prerequisite for the AIARE II or Pro 1 course. 

At the end of the AIARE 1 course the student should be able to:

Plan and prepare for travel in avalanche terrain.
Recognize avalanche terrain.
Describe a basic framework for making decisions in avalanche terrain.
Learn and apply effective companion rescue.

COURSE FULL

For more information contact Northeast Mountaineering to register CLICK HERE

 

Intermediate Ski Tour (6 participants $170): 8AM- 4PM meet at The Mountaineer

A full day tour of an Adirondack ski trail, glade or summit. Participants should expect narrow ski trails and low-angle glades. This tour does not enter avalanche terrain. Helmets are required.

Best suited for: Advanced (blue square/black diamond) alpine skiers with good fitness (able to ascend 1500’ vertical) and previous touring experience. Participants should be prepared with personal touring equipment (alpine touring, performance telemark, split board).

We will cover: setting a skin track, efficient transitions, downhill turns to match the terrain and snow conditions.

For more information please contact Skylight Mountain Guides | call or text (518) 302-9418 | skylightmountainguides@gmail.com

CLINIC FULL - call for waitlist

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

 

Advanced Ski Tour (6 participants $170): 8AM- 4PM meet at The Mountaineer

A full day tour of an Adirondack slide or couloir. Participants should expect narrow hiking trails, steep glades and open slopes. This tour focuses upon off trail skiing. Helmets are required.

Best suited for: Expert (black diamond) alpine skiers with good fitness (able to ascend 2000’ vertical) and previous touring experience. Participants should be prepared with personal touring equipment (alpine touring, performance telemark, split board) and snow safety kit (beacon, shovel, probe).

We will cover: skinning up steep slopes, efficient transitions, downhill turns to match the terrain and snow conditions, protocols for travel in avalanche terrain.

For more information please contact Skylight Mountain Guides | call or text (518) 302-9418 | skylightmountainguides@gmail.com

CLINIC FULL - call for waitlist 

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

 

 High Peak Ascent (6 participants $170): 8AM-4PM meet at The Mountaineer

Our High Peaks, in the winter! Guides will review what to bring and how to plan, before the group ascends one of our classic High Peaks. Expect to crampon/snowshoe to an above tree-line summit.

Best suited for: experienced winter hikers with summer High Peaks hiking experience, very good fitness (able to ascend 2500’ vertical and hike eight miles).

We will cover: crampon and snowshoe technique, pacing, monitoring weather and trail conditions, what to bring (clothing, nutrition, equipment).

For more information please contact Skylight Mountain Guides | call or text (518) 302-9418 | skylightmountainguides@gmail.com

Registration is now open

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

 

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. 

Registration is now open

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

 

Self Rescue Skills for Ice Climbers with Joey Thompson presented by Rab (6 participants $150): 8:30AM-3PM meet at Mountainfest Vendor Village Rab booth

Accidents can happen while climbing.  What if a partner gets injured?  What if ice or rockfall damages the rope?  Do you feel confident that you have the skills to get your team off of a route when things don’t go as planned?  Join Joey Thompson, an IFMGA certified guide and AMGA instructor team member as he shares the most current best practices for self rescue.  This is an advanced skills clinic that will cover complex technical systems.  Participants should already have a strong understanding of climbing systems including anchor building and multi-pitch ice climbing techniques.  An emphasis will be placed on hands on practice of skills, but there will be limited actual climbing time during this clinic.  Make sure to bring appropriate clothing based on the weather conditions.

Registration is now open

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

 

Multi-pitch Ice Climbing Systems (6 participants $150): 9AM-3pm Meet at Mountainfest Vendor Village

Join Mark Scott of Great Range Mountain Guides for a clinic on systems for multi-pitch climbs and descents.  Mark will walk through anchor building strategies and ways to keep belay and rappel stations organized.  A good “ground school” skills clinic at a venue where participants can practice building anchors and have group discussions while practicing various belay systems. Discussion will include when and where various rope strategies work best to help teams of two or three climbers move smoothly both up and down longer routes.  There’s a lot going on out there when dealing with a challenging route or hard conditions.  Keep systems working and don’t let this part of the day slow things down or add unnecessary risk.

CLINIC FULL - call for waitlist

For more information & to register, please contact Great Range Mountain Guides | greatrangemountainguides@gmail.com

 

Beginner Ice Clinic with Nikki Smith presented by Grivel  (8 participants $150): 9AM-3PM meet at Mountainfest Vendor Village Grivel booth

Appropriate for beginner climbers - all about having fun!  Previous climbing experience is okay, but not required.  Nikki and guides will help outfit gear for the day including harnesses, helmets, ice axes, boots and crampons and then 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 learning the 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 ice climbing! 

CLINIC FULL - call for waitlist

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

 

Intermediate Ice Clinic with Marcus Garcia presented by LOWA (6 participants $195): 9AM-3PM meet at Mountainfest Vendor Village LOWA booth

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 LOWA athlete Marcus Garcia for this intermediate ice climbing session with an emphasis on getting plenty of time on the ice to practice newly learned techniques.  

CLINIC FULL - call for waitlist

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

 

Thin and Mixed Climbing Clinic with Graham Zimmerman presented by Outdoor Research (6 participants $195): 8:30AM-3PM meet at Mountainfest Vendor Village Outdoor Research Booth 

As climbers continue to seek out new routes in challenging conditions, the lines of what is considered rock climbing and what is considered ice climbing begin to blur.  No longer limited by cold hands and feet on stone, and no longer constrained by the notion that the pick of an ice axe or front point of a crampon need to be placed in frozen water.  Modern climbers use the tools of the trade in creative ways and adapt technique based on what lays ahead.  Join Outdoor Research athlete Graham Zimmerman and the guides of Adirondack Rock and River Guide Service for a clinic that’s sure to open eyes and a challenge on incredibly intricate and fun climbing.  Though Graham and guides will demonstrate and explain mixed climbing techniques, this is an advanced clinic.  Participants with skills and fitness to top-rope steep ice will get the most out of this session.

Registration is now open

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

 

Intermediate Adirondack Classic Ice Routes Tour (2 participants $250): 8:30AM-4PM meet at Mountainfest Vendor Village

Join local guide Joe Vitti for a full day of climbing area classics.  The Adirondacks are loaded with brilliant intermediate ice terrain. Both a classics tour and personalized instructional day, there'll be abundant beta on everything from locating the best routes to moving efficiently on steep ice.  This is a highly customizable day, focussed on participant goals.

*Previous climbing experience is required.  Participants should be comfortable following ice climbs including cleaning ice screws on routes up to Grade 3-4.

Registration is now open

For more information & to register, please contact Vitti Mountain Guides | (845) 901-3687 | climbvt@gmail.com