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Mt. Washington Valley Ice Festival, Feb. 3–5

Posted on: January 9th, 2012 by Northeast Region

The AAC is proud to be a premier sponsor of the 2012 Mt. Washington Valley Ice Festival in North Conway, New Hampshire. Saturday night, Feb. 4 is AAC night at Ice Fest: that afternoon we’re opening the competition routes to anyone who wants to try them, then we’ll roll into the Ice Fest Film Fest and Apres Social Hour at the Cranmore Climbing Wall.

Check out the Ice Fest Blog for updates on Ice Fest.

Check out the IMCS Ice Fest website to sign up for Ice Fest clinics.

Email Regional Coordinator SARAH GARLICK to join Ice Fest as an AAC VOLUNTEER and get free entrance to all the events (clinics not included).


Plus, more exciting news: the beneficiary of this year’s silent auction is a BRAND NEW grant for New England and New York climbers:

The AAC Northeast–MWV Ice Festival LIVE YOUR DREAM Grant!

The MWV Ice Fest is partnering with the American Alpine Club to roll out a new grant program for northeastern climbers called the LIVE YOUR DREAM Grant.

All of the proceeds from the Ice Fest silent auction held on Saturday evening at the Cranmore Climbing Wall before and during the Ice Fest Film Fest will directly fund the 2012 winter cycle of the program: the AAC Northeast–Mt. Washington Valley Ice Festival LIVE YOUR DREAM Grant.
This is a new, locally administered grant for climbers residing in New England and New York. The purpose of the LIVE YOUR DREAM Grant is to fund individuals or small teams in pursuit of their personal climbing dreams. The emphasis of the grant is on projects that have significant positive impact on grantees’ progressions as climbers, as opposed to cutting-edge or exploratory international objectives (for climbers with these objectives, please see the Lyman Spitzer Cutting Edge, the McNeill-Nott, and Copp-Dash Inspire Awards).
Examples of types of projects we might fund include (but are not limited to):
  • a Northeast climber’s first trip to Yosemite to climb a big wall travel for a boulderer or sport climber to visit an area outside of the Northeast and attempt an iconic problem/route
  • a Northeast ice climber who wants to expand their experience in the Canadian Rockies or elsewhere
  • a rock climber who wants to learn winter mountaineering skills in New Hampshire, the Cascades, or Alaska
The LIVE YOUR DREAM Grant is supported by the American Alpine Club and local fundraising efforts and is administered by a panel of New England and New York climbers, chaired by AAC Northeast Regional Coordinator Sarah Garlick.
We will hold two grant rounds per year, each giving away at least $2,000 to two or more grantees. We will release the official grant announcement and application Feb. 1, 2012.
Applications for the first round (summer objectives) will be due April 15, 2012. Applications for the second round (winter objectives) will be due September 15, 2012. Grant winners will be announced 2­–4 weeks after each application period ends.

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