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Paradox Sports Returns to North Conway

The Third Annual Adaptive Ice Climbing Event

Its called Paradox Ice – we’re taking 20 athletes with physical disabilities ice climbing at Cathedral Ledge.

Dates: Friday, Feb 7 to Sunday Feb 9, 2014

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Photo by Claudia Lopez

Boulder, CO – Paradox Sports is pleased to announce that the third annual Paradox Ice event in North Conway, New Hampshire February 7-9, 2014. Throughout the weekend, 20 adaptive athletes will learn about the specialized equipment and adaptive techniques needed to climb vertical walls of ice.

Participants range from wounded warriors with PTSD to amputees, paraplegics and  visually impaired athletes. Registration includes meals, lodging, equipment rental and professional guide services.

Co-founder and below-the-knee amputee, Malcolm Daly, launched Paradox Ice in 2008: “Ice is the great equalizer. None of us can climb it without adaptive equipment. We just go one step further.”

Paradox Ice is open to people with physical disabilities, their families or caretakers and military veterans. This is event is made possible by the guides at Ascent Climbing and Alpine Inspirations.

For more information or to register for the upcoming climbs, please visit http://paradoxsports.org/programs/paradox-ice.

Scholarships and financial assistance are available.

Program Coordinator and guide Nate McKenzie of Ascent Climbing: “Weʼ re
excited to bring Paradox Sports adaptive climbing programs to the north east. Its
the only event of its kind in the region and the community really steps up to
support Paradox and our athletes.”

We still have a few spots left and we’re looking for more participants. We can provide full scholarships and tuition assistance for folks that need it.

If folks want to help support our trip by making a small donation to Paradox Sports, they should visit our CrowdRise fundraiser at http://www.crowdrise.com/ParadoxIce

Mark Synnott is giving a free slideshow at the Flatbread / Eastern Slope Inn conference room at 7:30pm on Saturday, February 8. Open to the public.

More Here..

Paradox Sports is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that improves peopleʼ s lives by creating adaptive sport communities built to inspire.

Photos by Claudia Lopez

Mountainfest 2014 Wrap-Up

Mountainfest-2013-037Another Adirondack Mountainfest has come and gone.  As always, it started with a joke from Vinny and ended with many things to toast to with some good bourbon.  What happened in between?  Well, all weekend, clinics were going on, gear was being demo’ed, ice, snow and rock was climbed and kegs were tapped.

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Photo by Andrea Charest

There were an array of classes going on from an Avalanche Intro Course with Chuck Boyd, Slide Climbing with Jeremy Haas, Colin Loher and Chad Kennedy to Climbing a 1,000 Feet of Ice with Jesse Williams to Snowshoe Mountaineering with Carl Heilman.  And of course there was learning steep ice, thin ice, hard ice and every kind of ice with great guides and overall great people like Ian Osteyee, Don Mellor, Matt Horner, Matt McCormick, Jim Pitarresi.. need I say more?  We were excited to welcome Vermont’s Andrea Charest, fresh out of Ouray to attend her first Mountainfest!  She took both beginner and advanced climbers out for clinics on both days. I’m sure she will be back!

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Some interesting lines for everyone to learn on!
Photo by Andrea Charest

Friday night kicked off with Aaron Mulkey’s presentation.  He is a Wyoming based climber and Rab athlete.  He is also the owner and author of the website Coldfear.  Check it out and you’d wish you’d been there for the show!

On Saturday, the temperatures warmed up, the sun was out and the winds were calm.  I had grabbed a pair of Altai Hok skis from our friends at The Mountaineer to demo that day and the only decent snow cover I could find was at Whiteface Mountain!  Very un-Adirondack like.  I was really impressed with the skis.  They are a snowshoe/ski hybrid with built in skins.  The universal bindings resemble snowboard bindings and they fit my climbing boots perfectly.  I took a few laps on the bunny hill and was surprised how well I could maneuver them.  They will be great approach skis. The Mountaineer is the only shop on the East Coast of the US where you can try these out before you buy!

Doug took advantage of the calm weather and headed to Cascade Pass to fly the NEice air fleet.  He came with three helicopters and left with two!  Yes, a big crash and his “power model” had disintegrated to a pile of broken electronic parts.  But not before getting some footage!  And with another more reliable chopper in his quiver, we had fun buzzing the ice around the Pass.


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Saturday night was Vince Anderson’s show at the Beaverdome.  After some awesome free stuff was thrown around and raffle prizes given away by The Mountaineer and the sponsors, Vince chatted about his time on the Rupal Face of Nanga Parbat with Steve House.  They summited the 8125m peak via a 4,100m route in one single non-stop six-day ascent, followed by another two days of descent. The climb took place in 2005 and they were awarded the Piolet D’or for their ascent.  Badass.

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Eric and Jason ready for the rappel down.
Photo by Naomi Risch.

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Alex laughs through this first experience with screaming barfies

 

After the clinics left to climb on Sunday morning, Outdoor Research guru, Naomi Risch and I had a day out with three other company reps in Green Gully. For the Patagonia rep, Alex, and Marmot rep, Jason, this weekend was their first time ice climbing!   Also joining us was Eric with Scarpa.  Everyone was psyched to get out and despite the scrappy ice conditions, we had a blast climbing a couple of pitches before we had to get back for demo returns.

 

While we had a party of five in Green Gully, Kevin Mahoney returned to Exit 30 crag with Doug Madera to give the Fecalator another go.  The Fecalator in the Adirondacks, possibly the country’s first trad M10 WI6, was put up by Chris Thomas almost ten years ago. As Emilie Drinkwater reports, it’s only seen a few ascents by very talented and very determined climbers.  Kevin and Bayard Russell had spent some time on Saturday flirting with it.  On Kevin’s first try on Sunday and third overall attempt, he fired it!  Yeah Kevin!

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Kevin Mahoney on The Fecalator. Nice work!  Photo by Bayard Russell

Sunday night was Doug’s presentation on the history of this great website, NEice, and appropriately titled “Oh What a Long Strange Trip it’s Been!” Starting from the beginning, through the Festiglace years and to today, Doug’s photos and wild stories had everyone laughing through the whole show.  Thanks to Tom Yandon’s donation, a fresh keg sat at the front door of the Keene Arts Center.  He wanted to thank everyone for “littering”.

Monday morning we woke up to big snowflakes and dropping temperatures.  Yes!  With no snow cover on the ground at the beginning of the weekend, it was great to see it start piling up once again.  Winter was back.

To be noted, Don Mellor and Drew Haas are working on a second addition to Blue Lines and any information or photos should be sent to Don, emailed to Drew  or dropped off at the Mountaineer. They are looking to have it ready for next winter.

NEice would like to thank Ed Palen and all the staff at Rock and River Lodge for their unrivaled hospitality and of course, Vinny and all our friends at the best climbing shop on east of the Mississippi, The Mountaineer.

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Steve and Vin enjoying “a thousand feet of ice” with guide Jesse Williams

Check out some more great photos of the festivities here:

18th Adirondack International Mountainfest – Photo Recap!

 

By Courtney Ley / NEice.com

 

Featured Cover Image: Doug Madera on “The Fecalator”. Photo: Kevin Mahoney – Mahoney Alpine Adventures

 

Smugglers Notch Ice Bash – 2014

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Coming this weekend, January 24th-26th, 2014, is the 8th Annual Smuggler’s Notch Ice Bash!  Don’t miss the Friday night kick-off party and dry-tool comp at Petra Cliffs, and be sure to attend the presentation by guest speakers Lindsay Fixmer and Whit Magro at the Smuggler’s Notch Inn and Tavern on Saturday night.  And all throughout the weekend there will be an array of clinics and great demo gear to check out.  It’s sure to be a superb weekend of camaraderie and climbing.

Check out the Smuggs Ice Bash website for a complete schedule of events:

Schedule of Events

Conditions in the notch are shaping up nicely!

“Smuggs has improved drastically since earlier last week. This past weekend groups were out in full force taking advantage of the mild weather and good ice. Large groups from neighboring Colleges and Universities were out, saw the Mtn. Warfare School up there training and multiple personal climbing partners playing around on Jeff’s, ENT, Grand Confusion, and several other spots throughout the Notch.

Seems the ice held in there just enough, and the cold weather returned quick enough to deliver us a good rebound. Much of the Notch’s classics are in fine shape to climb. Sounds like with the exception of Doug’s Route and Prenup, the South wall is in climbable shape as well.

The road is definitely ski-able with a couple inches of snow on it these past couple days.” -Tim Farr  (1/20/14)

There are still some open spots in some of the awesome clinics that are offered:

Saturday

 January 25 – Clinic Offerings

  • Intro to Ice Climbing – 1 Spot Available
  • Steep Ice Climbing Technique – 4 Available
  • Learn to Lead (two-day) – 2 Spots Available

Sunday

January 26 – Clinic Offerings

  • Women’s Ice Clinic – 3 Spots Available
  • Intro to Ice Climbing – Spots Available
  • Skill Building: Using Double Ropes – 2 spots Available
  • Learn to Lead (two-day) – 2 Spots Available
  • Intro to Mixed Climbing – 2 Spot Available
  • Ice & Snow Anchors – Spots Available

Last Update: 1/21/14

Please call to book your reservation in a clinic!  Call Petra Cliffs Climbing Center: (802) 657-3872 or toll free: 866-65-PETRA.

 

NEice can’t wait to be apart of Smuggs Ice Bash.  We have hot soup ready to go and helicopters tuned up for flying.  See you there!

 

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The Northeast’s only Dry Tool Competition!

Mountainfest – 2014

Coming This Weekend !

January 18-20, 2014

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Mountainfest is an annual celebration of ice climbing and mountaineering, featuring guest athletes who entertain us with tales of climbing adventures, instructional clinics taught by visiting climbers and local guides, demo gear, and a chance to gather with the climbing community for an exciting winter weekend.

Schedule of Events

Don’t miss this great event! 

We have had some rain and warm weather but conditions are improving.

” I’m predicting things will recover pretty well by the weekend. We’ve had temps below freezing every night and there’s going to be a cool-off all week. You’re right about CP, NFOP and Cascade Pass being full. Last year, I was surprised to see big crowds at Loch Ness, but it turns out people were steered there by the guides who were running clinics in the Canyon and Pass. My recommendation for getting away from the crowds is to pick something that takes more than twenty minutes to approach and/or needs a bit of a drive (Poko or Hoffman).

Get out there and get after it. Just make sure to make it back for the slideshows. They’re going to be great this year.”  -  it’llgo  /  NEice.com conditions page posted  on Jan. 14, 2014

Still a few openings left.  Give a call if you are interested in signing up for either course!

  • Steep Ice for the Weak and Chickenhearted with Don Mellor – SUNDAY.
  • Intermediate to Advanced Steep/Thin/Hard Ice with Ian Osteyee – SUNDAY.

 

Come by for some hot soup and check out my latest helicopters. We will be at Chapel Pond on Saturday.

Hope to see you there – Doug Millen

 

 

 

 

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Thanks to all who came out to check out NEice’s presentation on building, flying and filming with our radio controlled helicopter fleet!  We had a great time.

 

Here’s a few photos from the event by photographer Joel Dashnaw.

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