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NH Ice Fest: Ice Climbing Festival in No. Conway, NH

NH Ice Fest: Ice climbing festival in No, Conway NH

American Alpine Club, Northeast Region

This Ice fest is for all abilities.. Beginner --- Advance Climbers.. If you enjoy ice climbing and enjoy the alpine lifestyle you will enjoy a weekend at the festival...

The General Plan:

Meet at Ice Fest location and Ice Climb by day and at night watch slide shows. Spaz on the dance floor at the party. Beer and be social. what else doe's one need..

**Please, make sure you answer all the questions! I will remove you if there is un-answered questions.**

Link to the climbing Teams:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0At0IBRDDzQ8FdGl3dUNEYzVDQWpKVzRlSDU5bVZSbEE

Hotel/Motel Stay:

Link: http://www.nereledgeinn.com/

Great place and very climber friendly!

Many other places just minutes away...

Link: http://www.kayak.com/#/hotels/North-Conway,NH-c32305/[masked]/[masked]/2guests

Camping:

Jay/I plan on crashing in the back of my truck. Shit Bag style!

Note: We car campers or Tent folks have a location just outside town to crash each night. Get in touch with me for details... Will also email to the group all this info the Thursday before the fest....

Estimated Drive Time: 3 Hours from Boston

Things to do at the Fest:

There will be guide services available through the Festival many famous and crazy strong climbers showing you how to be Bad-Ass.... If you do go to the Festival for the clinic's you will find many organized classes. Many of the clinic's cover topics like, Glacier travel, Anchor building, Snow Shoe Mountaineering trips, even ski kite sailing! So, many more!

For the folks not taking clinics or climbing with a professional guides. us other climbers weak'er humans will find plenty of climbing of all abilities in some of the other lesser known areas to climb to stay away from the crowds that rarely get to when in No Conway. Several areas for top roping options for the overflow of followers...

As a group:

If you are of climbing "Only" Interest and need a partner for the day. I will try to pair up climbers into teams. Either for multie pitch climbing on water ice, Alpine climbing or Top Rope only all as leaders are available I can pair up.

Post Pairing overflow of followers will need to get on Top roping locations. which there is many. Fun and challenging and sloping and easy places we just need leaders.

Saturday Night: Having a group dinner.

Always can email me for Q&A

The Plan:


Friday:


Arrive at No Conway

8:00 am Ice Fest Guided climbing and Clinics Meet – IME Welcome's Climbers
ALL COURSES meet at IME on 2733 Main Street in North Conway Village for gear check, outfitting, and clinic orientation.

8:00 am - Meetup Members Meet: We pair up for those arriving early and get out climbing.

**Check Climbing Team List.** To see who your partnered with...!

3:30 - 5:00 pm. Soup served from NEice.com at IME & check out all the vendors tables showing off the gear.. Maybe pick up some free stuff?

7:00 -10:00 pm Slide Show and Silent Auction

Location: Theater In The Wood, Intervale, NH @ GPS:[masked], [masked]

Cost: $10.00

Host: DJ Mon Voyage Neon

Renan Ozturk, & Freddie Wilkinson - multi media show

The American Alpine Club Silent Auction for the LIVE YOUR DREAM GRANT
AAC membership get in for $5 or FREE if you signup/renew your AAC membership at the door.

Saturday:

7:00 am Breakfast @ Bea's Cafe in Conway NH on route 16 White Mountain Highway.

** Next to MB Tractor where route 16 & 113 intersect.

8:00 am Ice Fest Guided climbing and Clinics Meet – IME Welcome's Climbers
ALL COURSES meet at IME on 2733 Main Street in North Conway Village for gear check, outfitting, and clinic orientation.

8:00 am - Meetup Members Meet: We pair up for those arriving early and get out climbing.

**Check Climbing Team List.** To see who your partnered with...!

** Note** Start to get off the cliff at 3:30pm for meeting for group dinner at 5pm.

3:30 - 5:00 pm. Soup served from NEice.com at IME & check out all the vendors tables showing off the gear.. Maybe pick up some free stuff?

5:00 - 6:00 pm - Meetup Mountaineers - Group Dinner

@ Flat Bread Pizza Company 27 White Mountain Highway No Conway, NH

** We have a group Reservation ** You must pre-register here..

Cost of Dinner will be split evenly among-st the member's attending. All drinks or Alcohol will be paid by each individuality person separately.

7:00 - 9:00 pm Slide Show

Location: Theater In The Wood, Intervale, NH @ GPS:[masked], [masked]

Cost: $10:00

  1. Silas Rossi & Peter Doucette- 4 min Short Film
  2. Josh Wharton- multi media show
  3. Kyle Dempster- multi media show

9:00 - 11:00 pm ??? Dance Party.

Location: Theater In The Wood, Intervale, NH @ GPS:[masked], [masked]

THE 20th ICE FEST BIRTHDAY BASH !!!!!!

Sunday:

7:00 am Breakfast @ Bea's Cafe in Conway NH on route 16 White Mountain Highway.

** Next to MB Tractor where route 16 & 113 intersect.

8:00 am Ice Fest Guided climbing and Clinics Meet – IME Welcome's Climbers
ALL COURSES meet at IME on 2733 Main Street in North Conway Village for gear check, outfitting, and clinic orientation.

8:00 am- Meetup Members Meet: We pair up for those arriving early and get out climbing.

**Check Climbing Team List.** To see who your partnered with...!

4:00 - 5:00 pm Roll home fulfilled with great memories starting the wait for next years Ice Fest.

Ice festival Links:

#1: http://www.mwv-icefest.com/

#2: http://www.mwv-icefest.com/blog/

More Info: as it becomes available I will post...

Waiver: Read !!!


Be Warned!


Mountaineering, Rock & Ice Climbing by its very nature is an extremely hazardous activity.

Falling off any climbing route or bouldering challenge or other activity like even hiking to a destination may result in injury or death. Weather, Trail conditions a slip on a trail or falling objects like rocks, climbing gear or tree’s from above, can all incur injuries’ and/or death.

Any information on this Meetup group page is for the basic understanding of what could be encountered. We do not guaranty any type of accuracy on this information. Seek your own additional resources of information. You as an active member! Perhaps, lacking any of the following, professional training, good judgment, moral caricature or a conscious. We or anyone on any Meetup-Mountaineers cannot be held responsible in anyway.

When arriving at any Meetup you should always use your own best judgment. Weather or not the conditions “ both physical or mental” are in your best interests. The judgment, Is this a place you should or shouldn't be?

If you get hurt…. Don’t even think about blaming someone else. You made all the decisions and where warned. Dragging yourself out of bed and driving to the meeting location. Too walk up to the activity and participate is on you. We are not guides or leaders in any event held. Just the organizers of finding a meeting location that people with similar interests can meet and socialize.

It’s always your right to back out and live the good life with all the rest of the human race eating cheese doodles and Twinkie’s in front of the television for the day….

That said have fun! Play safely! And take the responsibility of your own actions.

The Organizers…


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  • Jeremy R.

    Great times, great partners..thanks!

    February 6, 2013

  • Mike B.

    Great day for climbing. Thanks Jay for organizing a great event! It was a great day to be out. - Micha

    February 5, 2013

  • Jay B.

    Wow! What was concerning about conditions turned out great in the end.. Nice fresh ice and plenty of climbing.. It was great that we all worked together and everyone got out climbing early each day, with each of there teams pre-setup and everyone had smiling faces on there return.. Awesome time.. Thanks all for showing up and all those leaders and folks taking the role of organizing each of those teams.. Great job and special thanks to all... Cheers, Jay

    1 · February 4, 2013

    • Matthew B.

      And thanks for organizing the meetup event and climbing groups! Much appreciated!!

      February 5, 2013

    • Hiking with X.

      You must be chosen the best organizer on meetup website. Thanks a lot for everything.

      2 · February 5, 2013

  • Hiking with X.

    Most fun in long time. I will be out climbing every chance I have for the rest of the season. Jay, you are most appreciated.

    February 5, 2013

  • Matthew B.

    Great times and good people!

    1 · February 5, 2013

  • Lovena (Lovey) H.

    Attended a clinic at the ice fest but did meet up with the group for dinner at Flatbread. Nice to meet you folks and hope to climb soon with you.

    February 5, 2013

  • christiana

    Great Weekend

    February 4, 2013

  • Tom S.

    Trying to figure out the game-plan for Sunday. Anyone interested in either a summit of Washington via lion's head/ boots spur, or hitting a ski slope? Looks like Wildcat is offering $39 lift tickets for anyone/ all day on Sunday: http://goo.gl/bzqAt

    January 30, 2013

    • Hiking with X.

      Tom has a kid?

      January 31, 2013

    • Tom S.

      I'll climb Sunday, I don't care, Put me on any team but Lawson's (I want to climb a full day if I'm gonna be up there). I was just thinking it'd be nice to ski for a first in two years before organizing tuck's in april. And Baha, you met my kid remember, the mentally challenged one that barks when you put her in cages and eats couches. Hope to see you all sometime tomorrow afternoon/ evening.

      January 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi all, for planning purposes, make sure you take a look at the recent ice conditions (example, Cinema is now out):
    http://www.neclimbs.com/index.php?PageName=iceConditionsReport

    For people looking at peaks, note the avy danger is currently high:
    http://www.mountwashingtonavalanchecenter.org/

    January 31, 2013

    • Ken D.

      Geez, is this for real? Looks like crap! Yeah, it's Feb, but Cinema is completely bare rock. Talk about "chasing ice"!

      1 · January 31, 2013

    • Jay B.

      Looks like we are all looking for north facing dark climbs where the thick ice was before this warm up.. We will climb.. Just have to hunt for it a bit...

      January 31, 2013

  • Jay B.

    Hi Every One The teams are made up.. Go to the Google doc link and check it out.. I certainly can make changes but need you input..

    Its going to be a great Fest!!!!

    January 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    If someone is interested in meeting up earlier on Saturday, I wouldn't mind getting a jump start on the crowds. I am flexible on objectives, but would prefer multi-pitch. Maybe get rolling by 7?

    January 30, 2013

    • Zac D.

      Thats the goal with my partner

      January 31, 2013

  • Jay B.

    @ Zack and others. Under the description I listed Beas dinner for breakfast and my thoughts was split the teams there or should I say in the parking lot. Far better then IME craziness plus get a jump on the guided groups for choice cliffs. I do understand if you would like to demo or see the see-ables as they are grouped up stairs feel free. It's a option for those interested. But I will say my groups will not be meeting there but at Bea's dinner. Our camping is just a couple miles away. I'm sure it will seam more clear tomorrow after I make all the calls tonight.

    January 29, 2013

    • Zac D.

      Cool see you at Beas

      January 29, 2013

    • Ken D.

      Since I'm going to be driving up from Boston Saturday morning, I'll be skipping Beas diner, and just meet folk interested in doing Willey's Slide (easy WI2 ice + snow) at 8:30 AM over at the Willey Slide pull-off (@[masked],[masked]). If late, just come on up and meet us at the slide (up the hill, across the train tracks). In the afternoon, if time permits, we'll try Elephant Head. Afterwards, we'll see people at IME upstairs (probably near beer keg), then Flatbreads for dinner.

      1 · January 30, 2013

  • Jay B.

    Morning called most have a good bit of info thanks for taking my call... Think this will make things a lot smoother in getting underway at the parking lot.. I see we have some late RSVP's I have a couple questions missing from the questions list I posted months ago so a phone call is needed.. FYI

    January 30, 2013

  • Jay B.

    Hi Folks.. Just sending out a 411.... When I get back next week from the NY Ice fest I will start to gather up more info about the NH Ice Fest and work on building the teams for those not taking guided clinic's with the fest directly.. Top Roping and multie pitch climbing etc...
    Also will be making reservations on a group dinner out on Sat night before the slide show.. So I will need to know if you are interested in being a part of the dinner out or would like to pass..
    Have a great weekend.... Time to climb some Ice!!!

    1 · January 16, 2013

    • Hiking with X.

      I m always in for good meal. Where are you thinking,Jay?

      January 26, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm in for the dinner on Saturday night!

      January 29, 2013

  • Zac D.

    Just a thought, everyone seems to be putting (including myself) IME as the meeting place for Saturday morning. Granted that is where all the clinics are starting. Might be advantegous for us to pick someplace different or near that way we separate the meet up people from the clinic folks. Agree Disagree?

    January 29, 2013

  • Tom S.

    I am looking to climb Saturday, and listed myself under top-rope. I would like to get some experience as a follower on a multi-pitch route. I can confidently climb WI3 , but struggle with extended vertical (>8-10m will probably need to rest).

    If anyone is planning a multi-pitch route that would suit my abilities and would like to quickly teach me about belaying mid climb as a follower, I would greatly appreciate the experience. Call, e-mail, or move me to your team in the goo spreadsheet if so.

    Also planning to sleep in my car or tent along the Kancamangus Hwy. I could probably sleep one more in the back of my Subaru, or 3 more if I bring the winter tent. Let me know.

    January 29, 2013

  • Jay B.

    My 2 cents on routes.. Its expected to be crowded so then cuz all think so, its turns out to not be.. I have seen it.. So don't fret it all could be open to climbing on the classic's like standard.. I also have places which we can also climb which are little travel but by the guides and there small groups most of the time... Just need to ask and have a guide book of NH so you can use it as a reference...

    January 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    What about cathedral ledge? or will that be ground zero as well?

    January 28, 2013

  • Ken D.

    Hi Folks, I'm planning on driving up from Boston Saturday morning and will met up at 8 AM at IME. I'm still thinking about taking a small group to Willey's Slide, but may do something else (Frank. Standard or Left) depending on the group. Afterwards, I'm planning on attending the Flatbread Pizza dinner, the slide show, and maybe the party. I'm staying over night Saturday, then possibly climbing the next day. I just called IMCS, and almost all clinics full for Saturday--except Mark's mixed clinic. Friday and Sunday clinics are less busy. Depending on what others are doing and the weather, I may take Freddie's (Sunday) mixed clinic, climb with others, or just drive home to get a good seat for the Superbowl. --Ken

    January 28, 2013

    • Ken D.

      Yep, it's going to be busy doing Standard. But, Willey's isn't exactly advanced climbing (WI2). WI3 alternatives? Willard? I was thinking Pinnacle a while ago, but I'm just recovering from 3 weeks of the flu, haven't done much except cough, so I probably wouldn't be very fast.

      January 28, 2013

    • Zac D.

      Willard is viable... cinema even? Franconia? People that want more alpine could go shoestring. No worries my friend i just got over something as well so not looking to go into hyper drive.

      January 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have not done ice climbing before, so, I will meet the meetup folks at 8:00 am on Saturday. Jay, I would like to car camp!! And I might leave mid day Sunday. I m in for Saturday dinner.

    January 26, 2013

    • Jay B.

      No boots?

      January 27, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Oh .. Yes I have boots!

      January 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hotel booked, in for the group dinner, considering taking a clinic but haven't decided yet.

    January 27, 2013

  • Jay B.

    Sorry folks I have not gotten to the list building for teams.. Its really high priority for obvious reason next Monday.. I will be calling most to get a understanding who where what is happening if I have no idea from the answers on the questions I asked.. Might not have asked the right questions..:-( Will see???

    If you not going please change you RSVP just takes a couple minute's.. thanks..

    January 25, 2013

  • Szymon

    Count me in for the dinner!

    January 23, 2013

  • James L.

    Man! This is going to be a great weekend!

    January 22, 2013

  • Barry

    Anyone looking for/ needing a roommate?

    January 17, 2013

  • Jacki

    Any hotel suggestions? I'm going to book this weekend.

    1 · January 13, 2013

  • Jacki

    If I have never done ice-climbing but have experience rock-climbing, do I need to take an intro to ice-climbing clinic or could I safely follow an experienced climber in our group?

    November 22, 2012

    • James L.

      Considering how you tear up the walls indoors, you have no problem....

      November 23, 2012

    • Jacki

      haha :) thanks for the compliment. I am healing a sprained ankle right now so my climbing isn't quite what it was. But I'm back in the gym and working on it!

      November 24, 2012

  • James L.

    Barry - Jay is correct. In fact, I know a rock climber who climbs regularly at 5.10/5.11 grade all over North and South America who when he started, started on ice. They are similar, but different enough that one doesn't necessarily translate to the other or need to be started before the other....

    October 19, 2012

  • Barry

    As I said in answer questions, I m not now an ice climber. I m told I should learn rock first. So I intend learn rock in spring, take up ice next year. I would like attend and watch but I don't want to take up the space of a climber. Let me know if I should drop out and I Will.

    October 19, 2012

    • Jay B.

      No Worries Barry, Who ever told you you should learn rock first is wrong... As a beginner. Yes, The climbing style are sort of similar but different enough to not cross over completely until you get to the ability on being able to climb on mixed terrain. Your welcome to attend and the clinic are geared for climbers like yourself. Most of us experienced climbers just climb on our own and then meetup for beers with our friends and the slideshows at night.... I know lots of climbers who only climb Ice and rock climbers who don't. Its all what interests each person. Email me if you need help getting started I can can set something up to get you started and somewhat prepared for a fun winter.

      2 · October 19, 2012

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