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Mountainfest Clinics 2022

SATURDAY 1/15

FULL - Ice Climbing 101 with James Pitaressi, AKA “Doctor Ice” – $165 

(due to popular demand, we’ve added a third beginner’s clinic on Monday!)

Join us for a full day of ice climbing! This course is designed for those who have little or no experience with climbing ice. You will learn the basics of climbing systems, how to tie into a rope, belaying, swinging an ice tool and proper use of crampons. At the end of the day you should have a basic understanding of ice climbing and why we love this sport! 

Limited to 12 participants (3 guides).

FULL - Learn to Lead” Workshop With Will Roth- $185  *Due to popular demand, we will be offering a second “Learn to Lead” clinic

Learn to lead ice with Rock and River Guide Will Roth. Ice is more than just being able to place an ice screw and clipping a rope to it. Reading the ice, setting up belays in the ice, belaying the second, force analysis, rappel anchors, rappelling, and some self-rescue skills need to be included along with placing ice screws. This course will cover all of those skills in a workshop style course with one guide and four students. The skills will be demonstrated by the instructor and then practiced by the participants in a top rope setting doing mock leads on a 35 foot ice wall that has low angle to steeper sections of ice. More advanced topics such as fall forces, v threads, injured party rappels and advanced retreat/descent methods will also be discussed/practiced. Candidates must have prior ice climbing experience and have followed either a rock or ice climb before.  The emphasis of this course is on leading ice rather than improving your ice climbing skills. 

Limited to 4 participants 

FULL - “Learn to Lead” Workshop With Matt Shove- $185  

Learn to lead ice with Ragged Mountain guide Matt Shove. Ice is more than just being able to place an ice screw and clipping a rope to it. Reading the ice, setting up belays in the ice, belaying the second, force analysis, rappel anchors, rappelling, and some self-rescue skills need to be included along with placing ice screws. This course will cover all of those skills in a workshop style course with one guide and four students. The skills will be demonstrated by the instructor and then practiced by the participants in a top rope setting doing mock leads on a 35 foot ice wall that has low angle to steeper sections of ice. More advanced topics such as fall forces, v threads, injured party rappels and advanced retreat/descent methods will also be discussed/practiced. Candidates must have prior ice climbing experience and have followed either a rock or ice climb before.  The emphasis of this course is on leading ice rather than improving your ice climbing skills. 

Limited to 4 participants

FULL - Intermediate/Advanced Ice Climbing at Lochness with Rock and River Guides Matt Horner and Chad Kennedy – $175

Matt and Chad are excellent, enthusiastic teachers, not to mention two of the strongest guys in the northeast. These guys present their tips and tricks directly to the participants in this clinic! You’ll walk away with a better understanding of why strength isn’t everything and how to build confidence on steeper ice and mixed terrain, and why dialing in your footwork and relaxing on those tools can make the difference between sending a route or not. The duo will teach skills needed to climb intermediate ice and mixed terrain and touch on some more advanced concepts.

Limited to 8 participants 

FULL - Patagonia sponsored, Women’s Intermediate Ice Climbing Clinic With Majka Burhardt - $180

This clinic is designed for all female-identifying climbers of intermediate to advanced skill levels. We will spend the day refining climbing movement skills on varying terrain from moderately steep to steep ice, how and when to rest, staying warm and tackling mental barriers. Experience climbing grade four ice required, those who want to spend a day improving climbing skills with other female-identifying climbers are welcome. Thanks to our partnership with Patagonia, this charity event is made possible with their support. 

Limited to 8 participants

FULL - CAMP Sponsored “X-Rated Thin Ice” With Ian Osteyee- $175 

CAMP, BlueWater Ropes, and Rab athlete, Ian Osteyee, has established X-rated first ascents from here to Nepal - routes like Ruination (W16 X) at Poko and Shaugdro (W15 X) in Khumbu, Nepal. Renowned for climbing the unclimbable– desperately thin, steep and demanding ice with little or no gear– Ian will show you how he makes it look easy. Come prepared to learn ice tool tuning tips, climbing techniques and tricks that allow for the confidence to climb these mentally and physically challenging routes. 

Limited to 6 participants

FULL - Ice for the Weak and Chickenhearted with Don Mellor – $175

This is a targeted course aimed at getting normal people up abnormally steep routes. It is aimed at people who know how to climb, but find themselves unable to lead sustained vertical ice. The theme is this: if someone told you not to do it, it probably works. This is not about powering your way up. It’s about slithering and groveling, engaging your knees, your elbows, and especially your brain. It’s not pretty, but we promise that you’ll be happily surprised. You already know about supposed “good technique,” and you are still getting pumped. This course will give you a very different perspective and a whole lot of subtle tricks.Hear what others are saying about Steep Ice for the Weak and Chickenhearted:

“I feel ten years younger. When I look in the mirror, I see the person I am supposed to be.”

“My friends have noticed the change. I’m sleeping better. My appetite is back.”

“My libido… it’s like I’m seventeen again.”

Warning: Do not take this course if you take nitrates, often prescribed for chest pain, as this may cause a sudden, unsafe drop in blood pressure. Discuss your general health status with your doctor to ensure that you are healthy enough to engage in steep ice climbing. If you experience chest pain, nausea, or any other discomforts during climbing, or if you experience a sudden loss of vision or hearing, seek immediate medical help. In the rare event of an ice lead lasting more than 4 hours, seek immediate medical help to avoid long-term injury. You owe it to yourself to take Don Mellor’s Steep Ice for the Weak and Chickenhearted. Call now.

Limited to 8 participants

 

SUNDAY 1/16

FULL - Ice Climbing 101 with James Pitaressi, AKA “Doctor Ice” – $165 

(due to popular demand, we’ve added a third beginner’s clinic on Monday!)

Join us for a full day of ice climbing! This course is designed for those who have little or no experience with climbing ice. You will learn the basics of climbing systems, how to tie into a rope, belaying, swinging an ice tool and proper use of crampons. At the end of the day you should have a basic understanding of ice climbing and why we love this sport! 

Limited to 12 participants (3 guides).

FULL - Intermediate Ice Climbing with Rock and River Guides– $170

Join Rock and River guides for a day of cragging at one of the local intermediate ice crags. You should have some experience prior to signing up for this clinic. This is a great opportunity if you’ve already taken the beginner course and you are looking to hone in your skills on more demanding ice climbs. Consider this clinic as a prerequisite for the more advanced clinics. Plan on refining your already developed skills and spending the day with like-minded climbers! 

Limited to 8 participants. 

“Learn to Lead” Workshop With a Rock and River Guide- $185 (3 spots open!!!)

Learn to lead ice with a Rock and River Guide. Ice is more than just being able to place an ice screw and clipping a rope to it. Reading the ice, setting up belays in the ice, belaying the second, force analysis, rappel anchors, rappelling, and some self-rescue skills need to be included along with placing ice screws. This course will cover all of those skills in a workshop style course with one guide and four students. The skills will be demonstrated by the instructor and then practiced by the participants in a top rope setting doing mock leads on a 35 foot ice wall that has low angle to steeper sections of ice. More advanced topics such as fall forces, v threads, injured party rappels and advanced retreat/descent methods will also be discussed/practiced. Candidates must have prior ice climbing experience and have followed either a rock or ice climb before.  The emphasis of this course is on leading ice rather than improving your ice climbing skills. 

Limited to 4 participants

Intermediate/Advanced Ice Climbing at Lochness with Rock and River Guides Matt Horner and Matt Shove – $175 (2 spots left!!!)

Both Matts are excellent, enthusiastic teachers, not to mention two of the strongest guys in the northeast. These guys present their tips and tricks directly to the participants in this clinic! You’ll walk away with a better understanding of why strength isn’t everything and how to build confidence on steeper ice and mixed terrain, and why dialing in your footwork and relaxing on those tools can make the difference between sending a route or not. The duo will teach skills needed to climb intermediate ice and mixed terrain and touch on some more advanced concepts.

Limited to 8 Participants

CAMP Sponsored “X-Rated Thin Ice” With Ian Osteyee- $175 (1 spot left!!!)

CAMP, BlueWater Ropes, and Rab athlete, Ian Osteyee, has established X-rated first ascents from here to Nepal - routes like Ruination (W16 X) at Poko and Shaugdro (W15 X) in Khumbu, Nepal. Renowned for climbing the unclimbable– desperately thin, steep and demanding ice with little or no gear– Ian will show you how he makes it look easy. Come prepared to learn ice tool tuning tips, climbing techniques and tricks that allow for the confidence to climb these mentally and physically challenging routes. 

Limited to 6 participants 

FULL - Steep Ice for the Weak and Chickenhearted with Don Mellor – $175 

This is a targeted course aimed at getting normal people up abnormally steep routes. It is aimed at people who know how to climb, but find themselves unable to lead sustained vertical ice. The theme is this: if someone told you not to do it, it probably works. This is not about powering your way up. It’s about slithering and groveling, engaging your knees, your elbows, and especially your brain. It’s not pretty, but we promise that you’ll be happily surprised. You already know about supposed “good technique,” and you are still getting pumped. This course will give you a very different perspective and a whole lot of subtle tricks.Hear what others are saying about Steep Ice for the Weak and Chickenhearted:

“I feel ten years younger. When I look in the mirror, I see the person I am supposed to be.”

“My friends have noticed the change. I’m sleeping better. My appetite is back.”

“My libido… it’s like I’m seventeen again.”

Warning: Do not take this course if you take nitrates, often prescribed for chest pain, as this may cause a sudden, unsafe drop in blood pressure. Discuss your general health status with your doctor to ensure that you are healthy enough to engage in steep ice climbing. If you experience chest pain, nausea, or any other discomforts during climbing, or if you experience a sudden loss of vision or hearing, seek immediate medical help. In the rare event of an ice lead lasting more than 4 hours, seek immediate medical help to avoid long-term injury. You owe it to yourself to take Don Mellor’s Steep Ice for the Weak and Chickenhearted. Call now.

Limited to 8 participants

Advanced Ice and Mixed Climbing with guest athlete Graham Zimmerman and Kevin Mahoney – $180 (6 spots left!!!)

We’ll be hunting out some of the steeper, more technical ice and mixed cragging lines at Chapel Pond. This is an advanced clinic where participants will be climbing grade 5 ice and moderate mixed routes up to M5.  Graham will be sharing his tricks of the trade at one of the premier cragging venues in the Adirondacks. Thanks to our partnership with Scarpa, this charity event is made possible with their support. 

Limited to 8 participants

 

 

MONDAY 1/17

FULL - Ice Climbing 101 with James Pitarresi AKA Doctor Ice – $160 

Due to popular demand, we have decided to hold another beginner ice clinic on Monday.  Course same as Saturday & Sunday

Limited to 8 participants

Intro to Multi-pitch Climb – $180 (1 spot left!!!)

Climb one of the local, classic Multi-pitch ice routes with a Rock and River Guide. This course will introduce you to the world of bigger ice routes in the Adirondack High Peaks Region and is aimed at participants looking to take the next step in climbing. You must have previous experience of several days of top roping ice up to grade 4 (vertical ice). Participants must be comfortable and independent in their ability to tie into a rope, belay and rappel. This course will be a 2:1 ratio on the ascent and will involve an actual multi-pitch ice climb. If you have your own equipment please bring this with you or gear will be provided if needed. If you have your own gear, please bring it otherwise call Rock and River several days ahead to pick up (518-576-2041)

Limited to 6 participants (3 guides)

“Learn to Lead” Workshop With Matt Shove- $185 (1 spot left!!!)

Learn to lead ice with Ragged Mountain guide Matt Shove. Ice is more than just being able to place an ice screw and clipping a rope to it. Reading the ice, setting up belays in the ice, belaying the second, force analysis, rappel anchors, rappelling, and some self-rescue skills need to be included along with placing ice screws. This course will cover all of those skills in a workshop style course with one guide and four students. The skills will be demonstrated by the instructor and then practiced by the participants in a top rope setting doing mock leads on a 35 foot ice wall that has low angle to steeper sections of ice. More advanced topics such as fall forces, v threads, injured party rappels and advanced retreat/descent methods will also be discussed/practiced. Candidates must have prior ice climbing experience and have followed either a rock or ice climb before.  The emphasis of this course is on leading ice rather than improving your ice climbing skills. 

Limited to 4 participants

 

Please consult the Course Equipment Lists (will be updated and posted soon) for meeting locations and gear you NEED to bring with you.