Showing posts with label Mt Washington. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mt Washington. Show all posts

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Mammut - The Brand - Marketing!

Gribbin - Mammuts (Marketing Manager) and I spent Monday getting together in New Hampshire. Our business meeting was focused primarily on Mammut, the Brand, and future marketing ideas. 

First off we went outside to refresh the mind by climbing some steep ice. Frankenstein was in fantastic shape, the warm temps softened the ice up to a plastic consistency and being Monday we had the entire place to ourselves.    

Gribbin topping out on the Hobbit. 

Mammut products - 9.5 Swiss Rope - along with the Nordwand Glove. 

Mammut Logo
Mastodons are an extinct group of mammal species related to elephants, that inhabited North and Central America during the late Miocene or late Pliocene up to their extinction at the end of the Pleistocene 12,000 years ago. Their genus name is Mammut and they are members of the order Proboscidea. They lived in herds like the living elephants, unlike them, however, mastodons were predominantly forest dwelling animals that fed on a mixed diet of browsing and grazing with a seasonal preference for browsing, in contrast to living elephants that are mostly grazing animals.

 The dropped knee helps manage the crux on the Hobbit. 

Chia Direct was in fine condition.

Chia Direct  - a steep and inviting pillar! 

The Mammut Company

Mammut Sports Group AG  is a Swiss producer of mountaineering and trekking equipment with headquarters in Seon, Switzerland. The company was founded in 1862 by Kaspar Tanner in Dintikon. Today, Mammut belongs to Conzzeta AG. Amongst others, Raichle (mountain and trekking shoes), Ajungilak (sleeping bags) belong to Mammut Sports Group.

 The exit moves on upper Chia.

Mammut Smart Device - smooth running direct belay.

Mammut Smart - great tool for a lead, direct or top rope belay.


  Mooney Mountain Guides with potential Mammut customers. Throughout the climbing day its these folks who view and use many Mammut products.

Great meeting and day on the ice with Gribbin.

Art Mooney
AMGA/IFMGA Mountain Guide

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Gear Review - Ice and Alpine Products!

 For over 7 years I have been actively using Mammut equipment and clothing. These products are put to the test - day upon day of climbing and guiding work in all seasons. Its difficult to choose just a few of the Mammut Alpine products that truly stand apart.  

The home turf - Mt Washington and the Presidential Range.
Home to the worlds worst weather - data from this past week minus 16 and 128 mph winds.

Mammut Ropes - 7.5 Twilight Twin ropes  a favorite combo of mine for any high end multi pitch route with one other climber. Lightweight, very strong, ease of full rappels, meets standards for half and twin ropes.  

Nordwand TL Boot - this is the boot I have been searching for. For quite a while I have used the Mamook GTX and Mamook Thermo. They are great boots but not warm enough for my use in the heart of the winter season. These Nordwand TL Boots do the trick, warm - yes, easy to take on and off - yes, extremely lightweight - yes. I have used these fantastic boots both for ice climbs and mountain ascents.

The Mamook GTX Boot in action - also lightweight and very good fit. 

 Mammut Ropes Serenity 8.9 - this is another favorite choice for single ropes on the steep ice routes where 70 meters get me to the belays or on the ground. Excellent smooth working rope, easy for belays, very light for a 70 meter. 

All Mammut packs stand out and have held up very well. 
This Neon Light Pack is the one I use when I am on the sharp end of a difficult route. 
Enough room to carry just what I need on a cold day - Belay Jacket, Mitts, First Aid, Thermos 

Mooney Mountain Guides - totally psyched on their MMG Embroidered Mammut Ultimate Hoody Jackets.

Cannon - The Black Dike Route - Laser Jacket, Spindrift Guide Pack, Mamook Thermo Boots,
Nordwand Gloves, Twilight Ropes all make for an awesome package of equipment and clothing.

Lake Willoughby - Vermont's
The Northeast Kingdoms High End Ice Area.

I am very fortunate to be one of the Mammut Athlete/Guide team members and look forward to another 2013 season with the team.

Thank You Mammut

Art Mooney
AMGA/IFMGA Mountain Guide 

Monday, February 11, 2013

Mountains and Ice - The Heart of the Season!!!

Its the winter season with January and February being the busiest months for myself (Art Mooney) and the guides at Mooney Mountain Guides. Its the season of cold - windy Mt Washington ascents and the season of guided ice climbs on wild and varied routes. Personally I feel very fortunate to be a NH guide in winter - its an absolutely fantastic job. As time passes I am continually sharing my enthusiasm and passion for climbing with new and repeating guests from all over the US and world. 

The listed photos are from guiding days during the past three weeks of work. The photos begin with the MMG guide training, then a Mt Washington ascent, onto the NH Mt Washington Valley Ice Festival, continues to the AMGA Ice Instructor Course, and ends with photos of private guide days with Mooney Mountain Guides.

Guide training day - preparing for the busy season ahead!

Mt Washington is a wild place - keeping warm and dry in the wild winds and subzero temps is a constant battle for all during our climbs.

In sync during the summit push.

The summit - all are excited and relieved to be on the top of NH highest peak.

Pippa getting started icing in NH at the Mount Washington Ice Festival.

The ice festival - a happy group after a day on the ice

Alden and Andrea working the Mammut Table at the Mt Washington Valley Ice festival.

The ice festival - intro to ice climbing for rock climbers.

Ice festival again -ice and  mixed climbing at Frankenstein.

AMGA - the Ice Instructor Course.

Mammut ambassador Andrea Charest guiding us up the Chia Pillar - AMGA IIC Course. 

AMGA course again - bluebird day on Mt Willard.

Mooney Mountain Guides - getting prepared to go ice climbing during the 2013 blizzard called Nemo. 

Plenty of water - ice is building fast!

Its all about fun - another great day in the mountains.

Visting climbers enjoyed a two day intro on the ice.

As you can see mountain guiding is a fantastic job. 

Thanks to Mammut, the AMGA, and folks at the IMCS Ice Festival for the opportunity to take people out in the mountains and on the ice.

Art Mooney
AMGA/IFMGA Mountain Guide 

Monday, March 12, 2012

150 Peaks Project - Mt Washington NH

The anniversary is on, Mammut is celebrating 150 years offering innovative products to outdoor and mountain enthusiasts.  To celebrated this event a selected team of climbers from all over the country arrived in NH and met at the Highland center on Friday evening. Our weekend plan was to climb NH's most beautiful mountain - Mt Washington. The team members were Bill - Mammut CEO, Kristen - Backpacker Magazine gear editor, Dave - Mountain Gear general manager, R D - Access Fund - legal council, Maureen and Mike - Paradox Sports, along with Jim and Matt - MMG guides and myself. 

The forecasted mountain weather was for temperatures struggling to reach 5 degrees with a 25 to 40 MPH wind from the west. We all were equipped with the Peaks Collection clothing and felt prepared for this cold, blustery climb. The initial climb to Lake of the Clouds surprised us with warm temperatures and no wind. Once we reached the alpine zone the clouds moved in and the temperature dropped quickly to the forecasted single digits. This was exactly what we prepared for and expected on Mt Washington. The team layered up in the 150 Peaks Collection pro shell and added face and eye protection to continue our climb into this amazing alpine area. We all continued up into the fog and clouds on the summit cone. We summited by mid day and the clouds broke treating us to a few moments of views to the south and east.

The lower Ammonusuc Trail was in good condition. This made for a fast ascent to Lake of the Clouds Hut.

The team in sync as we climbed together across the lower snow slopes. 


The fog and clouds moved in on the summit area adding excitement to our climb.

Our first views of the summit towers as the skies opened up on the final push to the top.

Bill and Maureen arriving at the top of Mt Washington. 

Thanks to Mammut for supporting us during this fantastic celebration. It was an awesome day on the mountain and an absolute pleasure to meet and climb with each of you.

Art Mooney
IFMGA Mountain Guide