This event is cancelled due to extreme wind conditions. Sorry for the late notice!
Registration is now closed. Thank you for your interest but we cannot safely accommodate any more climbers at this year’s event.
CNS Ice Fest 2015 will be held SUNDAY FEB 1st from 10:30am-4:30pm at Halls Harbour West. Come on down and try out ice climbing for the first time or sharpen your tools and show the newbies how it’s done – everyone is welcome.
You must register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday January 30th. Space is limited so please RSVP early! If you received a confirmation email, you are on the list. If not, we apologize for the disappointment and wish you better luck next year.
Let us know if you need a helmet/harness/ice tools/crampons/boots, or if you can share your own equipment. We will try to have spare stuff available, but you should try to bring your own crampon compatible boots if possible (ski boots will work, snowboarding boots won’t unless they have toe-bales).
Ines Papert getting it done on some steep ice somewhere (Photo from Climbing magazine)
If you need a drive or can offer one, a popular place to post is on the Nova Scotia Climbing Facebook group.
Registration is free for CNS members, $20 for everyone else (price includes a complimentary two year Climb Nova Scotia membership). Everyone must sign a waiver, and if you print one in advance and bring it with you that’s even better.
Although we cannot accommodate any more beginner climbers, please email email@example.com today if you are a grizzled veteran interesting in helping out – we can always use more volunteers.
Ice Fest frequently asked questions:
Q: What do I have to bring with me?
A: Things you must bring with you are:
- A signed, completed CNS waiver. Click here to download the waiver.
- $20 cash if you are not already a CNS member. This buys you a two-year membership to Climb Nova Scotia.
- Warm clothing in layers (wool or synthetic is best; avoid cotton)
- Waterproof breathable outer layer (jacket and pants, gaiters suggested)
- Hat (must fit under a helmet i.e. no pompoms)
- Gloves (at least two pairs)
- Sturdy footwear
Q: What else should I bring?
A: Things you should bring with you are:
- Helmet with a chin strap (Climbing specific, ski helmet, or bicycle helmet with minimal ventilation holes)
- Climbing boots with toe and heel bale for step-in crampons
- Rock climbing harness
- Extra gloves
- Extra socks
- Belay device
- Ice tools
- Thermos of something warm to drink (Soup, hot chocolate, coffee, tea)
- Personal first aid kit
Q: Are minors under the age of 19 allowed at Ice Fest?
A: Minors must be accompanied by a legal guardian to attend Ice Fest. Both the youth and adult must be Climb Nova Scotia members. Family memberships are $50 for two years and cover up to five immediate family members. There is no set age cut-off for participation in Ice Fest, but it is not appropriate for all ages as it involves swinging ice axes around above one’s head. A certain amount of physical strength and decision-making ability is required that may not be possessed by younger children. Ice climbing may or may not be appropriate for your particular child, although s/he is certainly welcome to come out and watch. Minors in attendance are the responsibility of their guardians and we would ask that you be attentive to keep them safe during the event. Ice and loose rock will be dislodged by climbers and can pose a real hazard to anyone who wanders underneath.
Q: What are the risks of attending Ice Fest?
A: CLIMBING IS DANGEROUS. Some things that pose a risk to you at Ice Fest are:
- Falling ice
- Falling rocks
- Dropped equipment
- Equipment failure
- Belayer error
- Cold weather
- The highest tides in the world
- Other things not listed
Climb Nova Scotia is NOT a guiding service, this is NOT a guided event, and you are responsible for your own safety and any minors under your care. CNS and its volunteers are not holding themselves out as experts and will not be held liable for any loss or injury howsoever caused at Ice Fest 2015. We will do all we can to ensure the safety of everyone at the event, but CLIMBING IS DANGEROUS and you could be injured or killed at Ice Fest 2015. Read the CNS waiver before you sign it. If you do not understand any portion of the waiver, consult a lawyer before signing it because CLIMBING IS DANGEROUS. NO WAIVER NO ICE CLIMBING.
Q: I heard the event was full but I really want to come so is it okay if I just show up anyway?
A: We are happy that you are excited about trying ice climbing. However, there is only so much shared equipment to go around, only so many ice climbs, and only so much daylight at Ice Fest 2015. Please understand that we would have everyone to the event if we could, but in the interest of safety we have a cap on participant numbers.