Monday, January 30, 2012

Ice Fest Season

Despite pretty dry and grim ice conditions here in New England, the Ice Fest and Trade Show season has been full on.  I have been spending just about every week since late December traveling to one or the other.    And it’s been a total blast!  Tons of friends, family, new routes, and LOTS of partying and meeting new folks.   First up was a trip to Colorado to climb at the Rigid Designator Amphitheatre on the way to the Ouray Ice Fest, do the comp, climb some more, and basically enjoy the sun and good temps.  The climbing in Vail was amazing, and I was able to spend a couple days sampling some of the best mixed climbing in the world.  I meet up with fellow competitors Sam Elias and Emily Harrington who were also there prepping for the comp.  It was nothing but inspirational watching them quietly CRUSH everything in sight!!  Thanks to both of them for all the beta and encouragement! 

 The Amphitheater

Emily hiking M9
Ouray 2012:  After two 5th place finishes and no Josh Wharton this year, I thought I was a shoo-in for 4th...HA, but it was not to be and I ended up 6th.  I have to say I do love the unique rush of tying in beneath the route, hearing the crowd and announcers cheering and jeering above, and goin’ ALL in. 


Up next was the Adirondack Mountain Fest in New York, where I worked the Mammut booth handing out gear and beta, and had a great time hanging out with both new and old friends from all over.   With no time to spare I packed up again and headed to Utah to the Outdoor Retailer show in Salt Lake, which anyone who has been will tell you is overwhelming, exhausting, and an absolute ragger of a good time.

 Mammut at the Mountain Fest: This dude knows whats up

The Usual Suspects

  Now, time marches on and this week I’m back home to help set an indoor drytooling competition route at our local Ice Fest the Smugglers Notch Ice Bash.  Fellow setters Matt McCormick, Doug Madara and I go all out for this.  Full on hanging logs, upside-down Ice features, and every mixed move in the book…gonna be good!!  
And then FINALLY some time to get back to the real motivation; New routes, these two just went in 20 minutes from my house.

Josh Worley - Burlington VT