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Whiteface Ski Mountaineering Classic

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Whiteface Ski Mountaineering Classic

 The Mountaineer and Whiteface Mountain are combing forces to unleash the Inaugural Whiteface Ski Mountaineering Classic! This is a benefit event, all proceeds from the Ski Mountaineering Classic will be donated to NYSEF and The Keene Valley Ski Club.

When: Sunday March 12th 2017

Where: Whiteface Mountain Located on Rt 86 in Wilmington, NY

Registration: We will offer registration the day of the event but we prefer (for planning purposes) to Please call the Mountaineer to pre-register 518-576-2281

Start Time: 7AM The green flag drops and you’ll start the 4+ mile course!

Cost:$60 per participant. Fee includes uphill pass valid through the end of 2018

 Demos and Casual tour info click here

Course details, rules and regulations click here

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2017 Mountainfest Recap

Thank you!

Another great ADK Mountainfest is in the books! We had a fantastic weekend and we hope that all of the participants and guides enjoyed themselves immensely, we look forward to seeing everyone at the 22nd Annual Mountainfest next year! We’d like to thank all of our sponsors Grivel, Patagonia, Marmot, Black Diamond, DMM, Outdoor Research, La Sportiva, Rab, Nalgene, Petzl, Neice and the list goes on. Doug Millen delivered delicious soup to the clinics, which is always a treat, Thanks Doug! We had an amazing slideshow presentation Friday night by Rab’s Scott Bennett, an awesome raffle and tons of free giveaways along with another outstanding slideshow on Saturday night by Patagonia’s Kelly Cordes which was unbelievably captivating! Followed by Black Diamond’s Kevin Mahoney at The Keene Arts Center on Sunday evening. There were several good shots that were captured over the course of the weekend which you can see here. Many thanks to , Rock and River , the local and visiting guides, LPP&B and everyone involved for the great work they do for our community, and the participants. As always, Mountainfest is a charity event and we are very proud to announce that we have almost surpassed the six figure mark on our donation to local charities and this year we were able to collect over 200 lbs of food for local food banks!!!  We’re psyched for next year and we’ll be adding a few new exciting things to Mountainfest so keep an eye out! Next year will be (another) one for the books!


NEice administrator and Soup Connoisseur Doug Millen with local climber Jim VanPatten


Climber on Power Play


Local Guide Don Mellor and Instructor of “Steep Ice For The Weak And Chicken hearted” showing how it can be done with a single mountaineering axe


Ron Kon & Mountaineer employees with Kelly Cordes in the World Famous Beaver Dome!


Matt Mckormick heading out for to teach his M2 clinic

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Michael Fusca dialing in his skills at a clinic based at Pitchoff Left.


All smiles!


A clinic based at Otis Mt. Mountainfests private ice wall



“Tent Talk” Presented by Primaloft



Back in 1975 The McClelland and Miller families opened a small mountaineering, hiking and ski shop in the sleepy mountain town of Keene Valley, NY, nestled in the Adirondack Mountains. Vinny McClelland describes how “everyone thought his father was crazy” in doing so, the struggles and successes of running a small business in the digital age and what it’s like living, playing and working in this beautiful place we call home. We feel lucky to have the  relationship that we do with our friends at Primaloft, we believe in their products, and we share a similar thought process on how we do business. We keep it simple, we care about our community, we believe in knowledgeable staff, we’re users of our products and outdoor enthusiasts. All of these beliefs lead to passion and this is why we are thrilled to team up with Primaloft and create a glimpse in to the evolution of our shop. If you haven’t had a chance to check out the latest episode of “tent talk” featuring Vinny and The Mountaineer.  Enjoy!

Backcountry Ski Fest 2017

Skifest 2017



Registration is OPEN!

Call The Mountaineer to register!


Click here for additional info.



The 15th Annual Backcountry Ski Festival will be held on March 4th and 5th, 2017 in Keene Valley, NY. We’re happy to announce that our guest athlete, Zahan Billimoria, will be joining us from Patagonia and Exum Mountain Guides for the weekend! For more info on SkiFest click here






Blue Lines 2: An Adirondack Ice Climber’s Guide




Commence screaming and jumping up and down! The second edition of Blue Lines by Author Don Mellor arrived in The Mountaineer this week! A long-awaited moment by many local and visiting ice climbers finally came to fruition just in time to build the psych up for our 21st Annual Mountainfest and the general Adirondack ice climbing season. Mellor’s second edition doubles the amount of routes of its predecessor, Blue Lines. Blue Lines 2 takes the story of this region even further, describing the explosion of new, big, back country climbs in Panther Gorge along with the discovery of dozens of new and exciting climbing areas such as Hayes Mountain, Hoffman Notch, West Canada Cliff and the popular Silver Lake area. The back country climbing in the Adirondacks can be a true adventure . Take a read through Blue Lines 2 to get a taste of the secrets we house here in the vast Adirondack Park! HAPPY CLIMBING! Purchase Blue Lines 2 here