In this competition (only open to residents of the USA and Canada) we are giving away a pair of Apex Ice Axes. The Apex is our all-round technical axe suited for steep ice, massive mountain routes and mixed test pieces. They are yours to keep of course but we require a 350 word review from the winner and images of the axes in use

Ice axes, crampons and a rope don't seem like typical wardrobe requirements for a weekend in Ithaca, but a $13,800 tourism grant aims to change that. Ithaca's gorges hold climbs that can be more interesting and accessible than ice in the Adirondack and Catskill mountains, according to Todd Miner, a subcontractor for the National Heritage Trust. Miner is planning to have the feasibility study finished this year, and he's hoping that a recreational ice climbing pilot program could take place next winter, he said. Miner said his first goal is determining if ice climbing can be made legal in the City of Ithaca. The pastime is prohibited on all public lands in Tompkins County, he said. Illegal climbing in Ithaca can bring a $100 to $250 maximum fine, or 25 hours of community service to 15 days in jail. "We feel like we've got world-class ice," Miner said. "We're just missing a great opportunity to expand both the tourism industry here in Ithaca, as well as providing recreational opportunities for our local individuals."

The Mountaineer will host a private “sneak peak” screening of Jeff Lowe’s Metanoia on Friday, January 16th at 8 p.m. in conjunction with the 19th Annual Adirondack International Mountainfest! Don't miss the chance to see this long-anticipated film here in the Adirondacks BEFORE it premieres in Colorado in March

First ascents, second ascents (a lot more of those), epic failures, (TONS), belaying famous alpinists, stupid solos, booze, impressions of local climbers, booze, and trips to Newfoundland, Peru, and Alaska. $7.00 gets you in and heckling. Saturday January 17, 2015 at 7:00pm / IME North Conway NH

This year’s Live Your Dream grant, powered by The North Face, gave out nearly $30,000 to every-day adventurers hoping to take their climbing to the next level. Thanks to our Live Your Dream grant, powered by The North Face, we can help make a lot of dreams happen! This year we had 362 applications sent to us from around the country. The Regional Managers and their committees had some big decisions to make, and from 362 they narrowed it down to 50 individuals. Congratulations to the 2014 winners!

As many of you know Jim Ewing took a bad fall while climbing in the Caymans recently. He suffered broken bones including multiple fractures to his pelvis. He is currently in a Florida hospital awaiting more surgeries. Luckily Jim does have health insurance but the bills are racking up fast. Jim's goal is to come back to Maine, or at least to Boston, so he can be close to family for his ongoing medical care. Insurance will not cover this transport and he can't just hop on a commercial flight. Family and friends are exploring options and none are cheap. We're hoping to raise some money to help get Jim home, and to offset some of the family's medical expenses.

Cathedral Mountain Guides had many requests for women-only events over the years, so they are pleased to finally offer them in this fun, accessible format! The first weekend is January 10-11. Check out their website for full dates and details.

Please respect the owners property rights and don't trespass. Use the standard trails from the campground to access the cliff. Please see the information below and tell all your climbing friends. Thank You! - Doug Millen   Climbers should be aware...

Intuitively we might think that very low temperatures are favorable for creating good waterfall ice conditions. Is it this simple? How do we make the connection between climbers' observations and a scientific experiment? A study led by the Laboratoire de Glaciologie et Géophysique de l’Environnement de Grenoble, supported by the Petzl Foundation, is providing part of the answer.

After returning to the car we spotted a party of two top roping the Waterfall, left of where the ice had calved off. We were amazed they were still climbing, as another substantial portion fell off while we were changing into our street clothes.