The MCA (Mountaineering Club of Alaska) hosted the Ice Fest on the weekend of the 27th and 28th of September at the Matanuska glacier.
I got invited past years being not able to attend until 2014. This was first time.
When the rooster came up I was assigned to team 3, with Richard Baranow as instructor. Then I realized I was in a beginner group and we were ready to learn from walking in crampons... I guess this was result of answering the application form with some modesty as 'not much' in names of routes, or I still don't know.
My friends were in other groups so I stayed in this one.
The big thing came when Richard told me that I could stay in the group and help if I could and if I got bored change team the next day. But at the end of the day I had a lot of fun.
The group was great, fun people and Richard taught us a lot from his experience. From walking to good and efficient ice climbing techniques.
The next day 2 members of the team left the group to go back to Anchorage, so they missed the fun of the second day; steeper ice and mock leading climbing.
Anyway, it was great to meet new people, refreshed climbing techniques and learn from others. We had chances to climb other teams ropes and test different ice axes.
Thanks to everyone for the good moments there, for the climbing, organizers and for enjoying this footage.