The Adirondacks in the winter time are a special place, with amber ice flows mixing between the granite outcrops and cedar trees. Now in its 17th year, the Adirondack Mountainfest routinely draws huge crowds to New York's Keene Valley to try the latest in ice climbing gear and watch presentations from guest climbers. The Mountainfest, hosted by the famous local gear shop The Mountaineer, has drawn legendary climbers from around the world -- luminaries like Jeff Lowe, Alex Lowe, Steve House and Will Gadd. 

Welcome banner at the Adirondack Mountainfest

This year, people arrived to pleasantly mild temps in the 40s to participate in clinics from beginning ice to mixed climbing and even a 2-day avalanche course from Chuck Boyd. Petzl athletes Freddie Wilkinson, Majka Burkhardt and Emily Drinkwater taught courses throughout the weekend. On Friday night, Majka presented a slideshow on her many travels to Africa, and Saturday night Freddie gave a presentation on his and Renan Ozturk’s epic “Tooth Traverse” last spring in the Ruth Gorge of Alaska. Freddie’s show culminated in some jaw dropping helicopter footage of the two climbers on the traverse. Look for more of that footage in an upcoming film on the Ruth Gorge. 

Petzl athletes Emily Drinkwater (Left) and Majka Burkhardt
Petzl athletes Emily Drinkwater (Left) and Majka Burkhardt.

An intermediate ice clinic in Chapel Pond Canyon
An intermediate ice clinic in Chapel Pond Canyon.

A big thanks to Vinny and The Mountaineer for hosting another amazing January weekend in the Dacks! We hope to see you next year!

– Matt McCormick