Mountaineering festival plans underway

KEENE VALLEY The Mountaineer and Adirondack Rock and River have teamed up again to host the 12th. Adirondack International Mountaineering Festival. The three day fest will be on Jan. 11-13, 2008. This years event will start on Friday night at the Keene Central School at 8 p.m. in Keene Valley with a presentation by Doug Scott. This presentation is about the first ascent of The Ogre (23,901 ft.) by Doug Scott and Chris Bonington in July 1977. The Ogre is situated in the Karakoram mountain range, North Pakistan. Doug and Chris reached the summit on July 13 via the south west spur to the west ridge and over the west summit to the main summit. The ascent of the summit block required very difficult rock climbing that extended the boundaries of what had been done at over 23,000 feet. The descent was an epic as on the first abseil from the summit Doug broke both legs at the ankle and during the next eight days a major storm raged while they descended to base camp. Chris also broke two ribs and contracted pneumonia. They were, however, able to reach base camp but had a long wait for assistance. The Ogre is considered one of the hardest climbs in the world and it was 24 years before there was a second ascent. Internationally and regionally renowned mountaineers: Doug Scott, Joe Terravecchia, Kevin Mahoney, Jeremy Haas, Don Mellor, James Pitarresi, Carl Heilman, Jesse Williams, Chuck Boyd, Jim Shimberg, Emilie Drinkwater, Matt Horner and Ian Boyer will instruct clinics and courses in all levels of ice, mixed, and alpine climbing, avalanche awareness, expedition planning, snowshoeing, as well as other mountaineering subjects. Clinics are now open for registration. In addition to our major sponsors: Patagonia, Mountain Hardware and Marmot several of the event sponsors will be here, many with demo gear: Black Diamond, Petzl, Vasque, MSR, Scarpa, Mammut, Patagonia, Sterling Rope, Outdoor Research, Cloudveil, Nalgene, Peregrine Outfitters, Grivel, La Sportiva and Climbing Magazine. Demo boots, crampons, ice axes, etc. will be available to test and climb with. These companies, along with other sponsors of the event, have also generously supplied gear, clothing and door prizes for participants. Slide shows will be presented on Friday and Saturday nights at the Keene Central School in Keene Valley. Advance reservations are required for the clinics. Any profits from this years event will be donated to worthy local causes. The Keene Valley Fire Department will host a spaghetti dinner on Saturday night before the slide show. This all you can eat feed is also sponsored by the Fire Department and Lake Placid Pub and Brewery. The Mountaineer is also hosting the Adirondack Backcountry Ski Festival the first weekend in March. For further details and to register go to www.mountaineer.com or call (518) 576-2281.

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