MountainFest 2020

I was very blessed to be able to participate in the Keene Valley MountainFest ice festival this year as one of the photographers. Such a great community of dedicated and fun loving folks! On Friday I shot the kick off dinner at Rock & Snow followed by an amazing slideshow by Patagonia Ambassador Marko Prezelj….

Salmon River Falls

Salmon River Falls, an hour north of Syracuse, New York.  A beautiful setting, with a wide falls with a 100′ drop.  A bend in the river created a horseshoe gorge which presents an amphitheater of long single-pitch ice and mixed (shale) routes.  Everything from easy WI3 to overhung M7+.  Only a couple miles from the…


Reunion is a WI4/M4 mixed climb at Chapel Pond, Keene Valley.  Mixed climbing involves “dry-tooling” as well as standard ice climbing.  As you can see, the ice is thin or non-existent in certain parts of this climb.  It is required to use the ice tools and crampons directly on the rock in this case.  That…

Chapel Pond Canyon

The Canyon – ice climbers flock here from all over the North East.  Easy access, adjacent to the main show on Chapel Pond, this location is filled with lots of established ice climbs ranging from WI2 thru WI5.  Climbers pictured are on Hot Shot (WI4), Ice Slot (WI4) and an unnamed WI4 in uber-fat conditions….


Commitment and pushing limits, regardless whether you are new to ice or on-sighting M11, this outing reminded me that the ice will meet you and push you where you are, physically and mentally. A beautiful day running laps, taking photos, and some coaching with good friends.

Into The Storm

North Face of Pitchoff, Adirondack Mountains.  A climber works his way up the exposed face of Weeping Winds late in the day as a snow storm settles in.