The 2013 Ouray Ice Festival Guide was just released and it includes a feature article on our lead guide, Matt Wade. It describes Wade’s path to a mountain life and some of the lessons he has learned along the way. “To me, a lot of the value in the beauty and challenge of climbing is that I bring back gratitude for the experience and gratitude for my family and everyday life. This is what is special about it – it goes beyond just reaching the top of a mountain for the view, although the view is usually pretty good.” To read the whole article, click the image below.
At last weekend’s Ouray Ice Festival Peak Mountain Guides’ staff member Matt Wade and program sponsor Backcountry Access put on two free clinics titled “Avalanche 101 For Climbers”. The clinics introduced participants to factors that contribute to avalanche hazard on backcountry ice climbs and they learned specific techniques for managing risk in a climbing context.