KEENE VALLEY – The Mountaineer and Adirondack Rock and River will host the 23rd Adirondack International Mountaineering Festival from Friday January 18 through Monday January 21.
Space is limited for the two clinics: Snowshoe Adventure and Climb a Slide. If anyone is interested, they should contact The Mountaineer as soon as possible.
Mountainfest is an annual celebration of ice climbing and mountaineering that features guest athletes entertaining with tales of climbing adventures, educational clinics taught by local climbers and guides, demonstration, raffles, happy hour, yoga and a chance to bring the climbing community together for an exciting winter weekend.
The 23rd edition of Mountainfest on Friday evening kicks off with a slideshow by Patagonia Ambassador Anne Gilbert Chase. Chase has a long list of accomplishments in the mountains and on ice cliffs around the world, including The Slovak Direct on the South Face of Denali. She and her partner were the first women to climb this notoriously long, difficult and engaging alpine route for just the ninth time.
Chase also made early climbs in the Himalayas, Alaska, Montana and many other places. His slideshow will surely be an unforgettable memory. The cost will be $ 10 at the door and will start at 8 p.m. at the Keene Arts Center, Keene.
The weekend continues with yoga Saturday morning at 7 a.m. at the Keene Arts Center, followed by ice climbing, mountaineering, snowshoeing and avalanche clinics, evening slideshows from guest climbers and a chance to win raffle materials and free gifts.
On Saturday, demo equipment will be available for public testing at The Mountaineer’s Garage Sale, located on State Route 73 in Keene Valley, just down the street from The Mountaineer, from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
A free Happy Hour sponsored by Rab Mountain Equipment will be held at the Mountaineer’s Garage Sale on Saturday from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Prior to Saturday’s 8 p.m. presentation, the Keene Valley Fire Department and the Lake Placid Pub and Brewery will be hosting a Spaghetti Dinner at the Fire Hall at 5 p.m. Tickets for the spaghetti dinner are $ 15, with all proceeds going to the Keene Valley Fire Department.
Patagonian Ambassador Colin Haley takes the stage at Keene Central School at 8 p.m. He is one of the most accomplished climbers in Patagonia and the Cascade Mountains, Alaska and the world. There will be a large material raffle before the event. Tickets for Haley’s presentation are $ 10 at the door.
Sunday evening at the Keene Arts Center, Canadian Bernard Mailot will give a presentation on ice climbing less than 600 kilometers from Montreal. Tickets cost $ 10 at the door.
All Mountainfest evening presentations are open to the public and all attendees are encouraged to make a non-perishable donation to the Food Pantry. Mountainfest is a charity event that annually supports local and regional associations.