ice festivalOne of the premier climbing events in the nation goes off this weekend in North Conway, New Hampshire, as the International Mountain Climbing School holds its annual Mount Washington Valley Ice Festival.

The festival is a celebration of ice climbing and winter mountaineering. It gives climbers the opportunity to network, socialize, try new gear and participate in multiple-day courses, one-day technical clinics and privately-guided climbs. The Mount Washington Valley is one of the finest waterfall ice climbing destinations in North America. And the festival offers a variety of skills-based clinics and exciting slide shows with featured climbers and guides from the New England area and around the world.

And Mother Nature is doing her part to ensure this weekend is perfect for the festival. Speculation is that the mid-week thaw followed by the late-week freeze should make for epic ice climbing conditions in the area.

For more information, visit the festival website.