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Events & Announcements / Good To-Go Food!
« Last post by MWV_IceFest on January 15, 2017, 07:44:05 AM »
We love local food!  Pair that with the ability to just add water in the backcountry AND understand all the ingredients on the label and we are IN!  Check out Good To-Go Food on the blog today!
Events & Announcements / Welcome to Ice Fest, UnTapped!
« Last post by MWV_IceFest on January 14, 2017, 06:37:11 AM »
We're psyched to welcome UnTapped to Ice fest this year and can't wait to sample their yummy maple goodness!

Gear Exchange / FS: Tools, crampons, bivy sack
« Last post by grubbers on January 13, 2017, 05:25:08 PM »
I'll get some pictures of everything up a little later. Buyer is responsible for shipping, but I can also meet in eastern MA or just about anywhere in NH.

DMM Switch ice tools with mixed picks. Only 2 days of climbing on them. A handful of scratches on them, but still in very good shape. Great tools, but I seem to be reaching for the Nomics when mostly on ice and I don't do enough mixed climbing to justify keeping these. $320 for the pair.

Grivel G12 crampons with case. Unused, just have some scratches from adjusting the toe bails. $120.

Rab Ascent Bivy. Unused, purchased for a trip that didn't pan out. $200.

Gear Exchange / Grivel ice tools for sale
« Last post by jimN on January 13, 2017, 11:36:56 AM »
Pair of Grivel Alp Wing tools(hammer and adze) with Evolution and Goulette picks in good condition-$250 or B.O.
Events & Announcements / Light and Fast Alpinism Clinic at Ice Fest
« Last post by MWV_IceFest on January 13, 2017, 06:46:25 AM »
MWV Clinic Highlight!  Check out CAMP's Light and Fast Alpinism Clinic, on our blog today!  Guest guide, and Friday evening presenter, and big mountain climber Scott Bennett will be covering the most important aspects of the light & fast approach with a short classroom session followed by an intensive field session where we work on the implementation of the skills, strategies and tactics that are most useful for you.

Ice & Winter Climbing / Re: Sportiva Boot input
« Last post by Admin Al on January 12, 2017, 05:40:21 PM »
I really like my Baturas. the only downside is the mesh on the top of the foot is semi-fragile. don't poke it with a crampon or you will likely get a hole in it. IMNSHO it should be made of Kevlar.

but it's a great boot.
Ice & Winter Climbing / Re: Climbs near Tamworth NH?
« Last post by rpdoucette on January 12, 2017, 04:36:04 PM »
I would pay good money for an ice climb in Tamworth.  When they are "in", the short routes off the Kanc near the Covered Bridge may be the closest.  I think the nearest reliable/worthy destination is Champney Falls.  But the drive+walk makes Cathedral Ledge about the same travel time. 
Ice & Winter Climbing / Re: Sportiva Boot input
« Last post by rpdoucette on January 12, 2017, 04:27:53 PM »
Reporting back:
I tried on the three Sportiva boots of interest to me, once the damn things were finally in stock.  The Nepal Ice Cube seemed pretty stiff in the ankle, but that would likely soften once the boot was broken in.  the Trango Ice Cube was really nice, but likely too thin for a mid winter all around boot.  It doesn't have much rocker either, so I worried about how well it walks on a long approach.  I bought the Baturas.  They are wicked light, warm enough, very flexible in the ankle, and the built in gaiter is nice.  Very expensive, but I had just the right amount of credit at IME.  I've climbed in them several days now, and they are great.  Less heel lift than any boot I have ever had...
Climbing Gear Q & A / Getting OCD about ice screws
« Last post by NEAlpineStart on January 12, 2017, 03:11:06 PM »
I recently (like this morning) finished rounding out my rack with Petzl Speed Lights. I still have tons of love for the BD screws I've been climbing with for 15 years. I dove into some of the details in comparing them here. Please check it out:
Events & Announcements / We love Outdoor Research Athletes!
« Last post by MWV_IceFest on January 12, 2017, 01:20:45 PM »
There is no shortage of reasons why we love Outdoor Research, but today we wanted to focus on one in particular - We love their athletes! Thank you for sending such an awesome crew of guides to this year's MWV Ice Fest!  Read about who they are and what they're guiding at
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