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Please join us at Marmot Mountain Works in Bellevue on Wednesday, March 30th at 7:00PM for a slideshow presentation by Alex Krawarik, co-author of Washington Ice: A Climbing Guide, and Washington first ascensionists Wayne Wallace, Ade Miller, David Whitelaw, and Jeff Street to celebrate NW ice climbing and the 2011 season.


Alex will present a photo tour of Strobach Mountain and the last decade of first ascents there. Strobach Mountain is one of the least known and visited, and best ice climbing area's in Washington State. Wayne will present his experiences in Cody WY. Ade Miller will present Cascade winter alpine climbing adventures including his first winter ascent of Backbone Ridge on Dragontail Peak. Marmot Mountain Works' climbing equipment buyer David Whitelaw will share ice adventures from his Alaska days, and Marmot employee and mountaineering instructor/guide Jeff Street will share ice climbing explorations of Lillooet, Hyalite Canyon, and various Washington locales.


In addition, we will be offering 15% off the regular price of all ice tools, crampons, ice screws, and climbing helmets purchased during the show!


We would like to turn this show into an annual event! Please get in touch with us if you would like to participate and share some of your pictures and adventures with everyone on the big screen at future gatherings.


Come see some great NW ice climbing, network with the your fellow NW ice climbers, and get some great deals on ice gear. We'll see you there!


Please RSVP to MARMOT MOUNTAIN WORKS @ 425-453-1515


Marmot Mountain Works

827 Bellevue Way NE

Bellevue, WA 98004

(425) 453-1515



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Sounds like a great show! Do you have to RSVP to attend? Or just to show photos?


Looking forward to it :brew:


We are asking folks to please RSVP if they plan on attending.


If we get enough RSVP interest, we will might try to expand the events of the night...possibly talk the owner of Marmot Mountain Works into considering some refreshments, and try to persuade some of the gear manufacturers to donate items for a potential raffle or something like that.


- Cheers, David May

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let me know if you need any photos:)


If you have photos that you would like to contribute to this or to future similar events, then please e-mail Marmot Mountain Works employee Jeff Street, Jeffstrt@frontier.com. Jeff is helping to coordinate this show. We are not sure how much time we will need to cover all of the material from the presenters already lined up for the night.


Even if we are not able to fit them in this time, we would like to encourage anyone interested in contributing to this event in the future to please contact Jeff expressing your interest. Jeff has graciously agreed to be the contact person for those that would like to get involved in what we hope to make an annual event of some sort. If folks help to make this a successful show, then it would be great to be able to continue building on this more and more every year!


- David

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Things are starting to shape up nicely for the upcoming ice climbing show next week.


We would like to thank these sponsors of the event that have now come on board to contribute gear for the raffle that we have added to the night!:


Deuter Backpacks, Tendon Ropes, Metolius, Black Diamond Equipment, and Squire Creek Design


Thanks everyone! - David May

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Thanks again to everyone that turned out for the show! It was an awesome night and we received some great positive feedback on the event. There was a lot of enthusiasm for us to continue to turn this into an annual event. The consensus seems to be to aim for a November date in the future to get everyone psyched up at the beginning of the winter season.


All of the presenters did an amazing job showing some spectacular images. Thanks to Alex, Wayne, Ade, Jeff, and David for the time and effort that they all contributed to make this a successful evening. Here are a couple of highlights from the show for everyone that missed it:


Ade Miller on Abiel Peak, North Face



Alex Krawarik leading "Ice Dreams" WI-4. Strobach Mountain, WA. Photo by Jeff Street



Wayne Wallace leading pitch #5 of "Broken Hearts". Cody, WY. Photo by Tom Sjolseth



Jeff Street leading "Tower of Power" WI-5. Strobach Mountain, WA.



Jeff Street on the first known ascent of "Exit Wound" WI-4. Moutaineers Creek, WA.





"Cleopatras Needle" WI-5 2p. Hyalite Canyon, MT.



Pitch #2 of "Cleopatras Needle". Hyalite Canyon, MT.



"The Emerald" WI-5. Banks Lake, WA.



"The Emerald" WI-5. Banks Lake, WA.



"Champagne" WI-4/5. Banks Lake, WA.



Leading "Champagne" WI-4/5. Banks Lake, WA.



1st pitch of "Death Picnic" WI-5. Mt Baker, WA.



2nd pitch of "Death Picnic". Mt Baker, WA.



We let Jeff throw in a couple more of his own shots here since he was the main organizer and coordinator of the evening. Please continue to get in touch with Jeff if you are interested in contributing or participating next time!


There were also some actual real old school "slides" shown by David Whitelaw. Yes, this was an actual "slideshow". Sorry that we do not have any of these to share in digital format here. He started off his portion with some great photos of climbing Bridal Veil Falls by Lake Serene at the base of Mt Index with old school gear back in 1978...were those wooden ice axes?


Thanks again to all of the sponsors that contributed gear to the raffle at the show: Deuter Backpacks, Tendon Ropes, Metolius, Black Diamond Equipment, and Squire Creek Design.


It was a jam-packed night, and a great tour of northwest ice climbing. The show was supposed to end with Alex sharing some shots of new unclimbed route potential, but we ran out of time due to the extended passionate inspiration shared by all of the presenters. Guess we will have to save that for next time….


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