Photo: YewJin Tan
The Alaska Ice Climbing Festival has been in planning for the last five years, and will take place March 6-8 in Anchorage and surrounding ice climbing areas. One thing that is a little more exciting about the Alaska Ice Fest as compared to other similar festivals is the fact that the climbing potential here in AK is still very largely undeveloped. Roger Strong, the Northwest Rep for Black Diamond (they assist me through grassroots team support), has coordinated with Jayme Dixon, the Alaska Ice Fest coordinator to fly me down from Fairbanks to do a slideshow for the opening night of the festival.
The kick-off party will start at 6pm, March 6th, at the Alaska Backpacker's Inn at 327 Eagle Street in Anchorage. There will be a spaghetti feed, beer, festival registration, and demo gear sign up starting at 6pm. Jayme let me know that 7pm might be a good time for me to start the show, which should include pics and stories from climbs all over the world, with an emphasis on the personal evolution of this experience seeker, and recent paradigm shifts in the vertical realm.