Alaska Ice Climbing Festival – Osprey Packs Experience
Poco Safety Notices

Alaska Ice Climbing Festival

Last weekend was the third annual Alaska Ice Climbing Festival in Portage, Alaska. The fest is geared to climbers of all levels with several evening parties, a slideshow by Alaska Range alpinist Mark Westman and two days of clinics covering everything from a junior skill builder to advanced climbing.

Greg Nappi, an Alaska mountain guide and I taught an ice anchors clinic. With six students we covered ERNEST anchors on a fat ice flow beside the road. I’d never worked with Greg, so I gleaned a few skills myself. I’ve officially moved beyond the double fisherman’s knot, which is the world’s most annoying knot, and will now use the Flemish bend (in-line figure eight) to join my prussik loops. I also learned that A-threads are stronger than V-threads for rap anchors.

Overall, a great festival!