The 13th annual Adirondack International Mountainfest (January 16-18) will be exceptional: we will be privileged to host guest athletes Conrad Anker, LP Ménard, Janet Bergman and Jim Shimberg as well as returning local guides Chuck Boyd, Emilie Drinkwater, Jeremy Haas, Carl Heilman, Matt Horner, Don Mellor, Jim Pitarresi and Jesse Williams, who will be teaching clinics on ice climbing, mountaineering, snowshoeing and avalanche awareness on Saturday and Sunday. Clinics must be pre-registered and they fill quickly, so check the brochure and call soon!
Telluride Mountainfilm, one of the premier film festivals in the country, opens the Mountainfest on Friday night with a custom compilation of the best films from Mountainfilm’s 9-year history on tour, with a focus on ice climbing and mountaineering videos. This will be preceded by a short slide show by Olaf Sööt and Don Mellor about Alpine Americas, their new book of fantastic photographs and essays about “an odyssey along the crest of two continents.” Both authors will be available to sign books offered for sale before and after the Mountainfilm on Tour presentation. Friday evening’s festivities begin at 8pm at Keene Central School and entry is $12 at the door.
Jennifer Lowe-Anker and Conrad Anker will hold a special presentation about the life of the late Alex Lowe on Saturday evening at Keene Central School. Jenni’s new book Forget Me Not tells a complex and candid story of how three people’s lives became intertwined to a degree that none could have foreseen; Jenni and Conrad will tell the story through a slideshow and readings. Forget Me Not will be available for purchase before and after the presentation, and Jenni and Conrad will be signing books afterward. The evening’s presentation will be preceded by raffles and tomfoolery as well as a short award-winning film by Sam Lowe on the Antarctic. The show begins at 7:30pm at Keene Central School and entry is $10 at the door.
On Sunday evening Janet Bergman will present a slideshow of her often-humorous efforts to satiate the climbing obsession. Janet is a New Hampshire climber and world-class Mountain Hardwear athlete who has climbed in Argentina, India, Nepal, Peru and throughout New England. This show begins at 7:30pm and will be held at the KVFD fire hall on Market Street, just down the street from Keene Central School in Keene Valley. Entry is $10 at the door.
This year’s Mountainfest promises to be as good as ever, and being on Martin Luther King holiday weekend there is no excuse not to join us! Hopefully we will be blessed with a cold winter and our ice wall will be built for demoing equipment from Petzl, Black Diamond, La Sportiva, Scarpa, OR and MSR. We may even have an outdoor hot tub at the wall compliments of Dutch Tub.
Forget about the economy and join us in a celebration of winter climbing in the Adirondacks. We look forward to seeing you in Keene Valley.
-The Crew at the Mountaineer