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Mountainfest returns for 13th year

KEENE VALLEY - The Mountaineer and Adirondack Rock and River have teamed up again to host the 13th Adirondack International Mountaineering Festival in Keene Valley - the heart of the Adirondack High Peaks.

The three-day festival runs from Jan. 16-18, beginning Friday night at the Keene Central School at 8 p.m. with a presentation by Telluride Mountainfilm, one of the premiere film festivals in the country. The movie is a compilation of the best films from Mountainfilm's nine-year history.

The showing will be preceeded by a short slideshow by Olaf Soot and Don Mellor about Alpine Americas, the duos new book of photographs and essays - "an odyssey along the crest of two continents." Both authors will be on hand to sign copies of the book before and after the film's showing. Cost for Friday's activities is $12.

On Saturday and Sunday, the festival will offer clinics on ice climbing, mountaineering, snowshoeing and avalanche awareness. The clinics will be led by internationally and regionally renowned mountaineers Conrad Anker, LP Menard, Janet Bergman and Jim Shimberg as well as returning local guides Chuck Boyd, Emilie Drinkwater, Jeremy Haas, Carl Heilman, Matt Horner, Don Mellor, Jim Pitarresi and Jesse Williams.

To register for a clinic, visit www.mountaineer.com to obtain a copy of the brochure.

Jennifer Lowe-Anker and Conrad Anker will hold a special presentation on the life of the late Alex Lowe Saturday evening at Keene Central School. Jennifer's new book, Forget Me Not, tells a complex and candid story of how three people's lives became intertwined to a degree that no one could have foreseen. Jennifer and Conrad will tell the story through readings and a slideshow.

Saturday evening's presentation will be preceeded by a raffle and a short award-winning film by Sam Lowe. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. and cost is $10.

Sunday evening features Janet Bergman and a presentation on obsession and climbing. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and will be held at the Keene Valley Fire Department.

Call 576-2281 for more information.

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