The Mountaineer and Adirondack Rock and River have teamed up again to host the tenth ADIRONDACK INTERNATIONAL MOUNTAINEERING FESTIVAL in Keene Valley and Keene, the heart of the High Peaks Region of New York. The three day fest will be on Martin Luther King weekend, January 13-15. The Mountainfest is a not for profit event that will benefit local and regional charities.

Internationally and regionally renowned mountaineers Kevin Mahoney, Andy Kirkpatrick, Carl Heilman, Wilheim Jörge, Nick Yardley, Jesse Williams, Geoff Tabin, Don Mellor, Kitty Calhoun, Chuck St. John and Roger Damon, will instruct clinics and courses on all levels of ice, mixed and alpine climbing, avalanche awareness, expedition planning, snowshoeing, mountain and high altitude medicine, as well as other mountaineering subjects.

In addition, several of the event’s product sponsors including Koflach,
Black Diamond, Petzl, Outdoor Research, Patagonia, Cloudveil, Vasque, Grivel, La Sportiva, Mammut and Trango will provide demo boots, crampons, ice axes, etc. for the participants to test and climb with.
These companies along with other sponsors of the event have also
generously supplied gear and clothing door prizes for participants.
Marmot and Patagonia are this year’s two major sponsors. Slide shows will be presented on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night.

Last winter’s Adirondack International Mountainfest was a big success and we are excited about providing our customers with this unique
educational adventure again in 2006. We want to keep the event small and will only accept advance reservations for the clinics. We will have Demo gear this year available to anyone who wants to test gear on the ice wall we constructed. There will again be a big spaghetti feed at the
Keene Valley Fire Department before Saturday night’s slide show.