Wednesday, January 25, 2012

80 Countries are now following this blog !!

80 Countries are now following this blog !!

Welcome to the visitors from the following
new countries that have visited my blog recently: 

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Saturday, January 21, 2012

Catskill Ice Festival 2012

From Chrix -
14th Annual Catskill Ice Festival, January 20, 21, 22, 23, 2012.

This year again will have multiple clinics on all the skills and techniques you need to get out on ice - from basic skills, to dry-tooling, to glacier travel techniques.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Sophie Denis
Basic Ice Movement - New to ice climbing, never ice climbed before? We will introduce you to the techniques needed to ice climb. All equipment provided.

Steep Ice Techniques - Ice is always steeper than it looks. Learn some handy skills & techniques to help keep you calm and cool when are on that pillar and fearing the burn. All equipment provided.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Sophie Denis - Big Blue (NEI 4+)
 Intermediate Ice Movement - for those who have climbed some ice before. We will introduce you to the techniques needed to climb effortlessly and efficiently. All equipment provided.

Mixed Climbs & Dry Tooling - When the ice runs out, or starts a ways up there... Learn the many different ways to use your tools to climb rock with your tools and crampons. All equipment provided.

Sophie Denis - Chouinard's Gully (NEI 3, 400')
Glacier Travel & Crevasse Rescue - Planning a trip to a glaciated area? Brush up on your glacier travel skills. We'll cover methods for tying in on a glacier in different party sizes, french techniques for your crampons and ice axe skills, and hauling systems and crevasse rescue skills just in case someone happens to fall in. All equipment technical provided.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Sophie Denis - Hot Shot (NEI 4+)
Backcountry Day in the Ravines - climb one or more of the multi-pitch ravines in the Catskills. Bushwhack in, climb up, rappel down, bushwhack out. A full day of activity and adventure. All equipment provided.

Link: Ice Festival Details

Link: Sophie Ice Climbing in The Adirondack

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Visitors from 67 different countries (in 1 week)

Thank you for your support
and interest across the world

67 Countries have visited
 this blog within a week
(from 1/12 to 1/19)

Countries that have visited this blog from will have their flag shown on this map

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Sunday, January 15, 2012

American Alpine Journal published 3 of Sophie's new lines

American Alpine Journal published Sophie's new climbing routes on Suiricocha, Manon Dos, Vicunita peaks: Click HERE to read the full article on the AAJ online

The full Expedition Report: Click HERE to read it

Friday, January 13, 2012

PART 2 of Sophie's Portrait interview - EXPLORERSWEB

PART 2 of my portrait interview
with Angela Benavides
makes the front page

PART 1 - Who is she ?

Interview Extract:

ExplorersWeb: You are new in Himalaya with a bold plan, aren't you afraid to ruffle some feathers?

Sophie: I know that my background is unusual, as my confidence and high spirit in undertaking new challenges. It goes from my climbing challenge to moving to US without knowing a word of English, to .... re-inventing yourself, and always thinking beyond "the norm" is my life philosophy. My motto : Everything is possible :)

My challenge, or even me (too happy on the hill) could irritate/hurt some climbers' egos. But I don't want to play that game. I just do things for me, because I love it, and it is a challenge between me and me.

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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Sophie Denis. Who is She? - ExplorersWeb Interview

My portrait interview with Angela Benavides
makes the front page

Interview Part II click here

Interview Extract:

... Summiting Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Broad Peak and Manaslu only last year, her plans for 2012 include Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, GI, GII, K2 and Shisha Pangma. Who is she? ExplorersWeb checked in with French-born, US based Sophie Denis.

Explorersweb: We first heard of you after you had opened new routes in the Andes and made a detailed plan on how you would summit the 14x8000ers. How is it working out?
Sophie: So far so good : It is good to have projects but the...

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Sunday, January 8, 2012

Ice Climbing in New England for the holiday

Ice Climbing

I went ice climbing in New England. We drove through 5 states : New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, to North Conway.

We did lots walking in the woods to find some ice. Unfortunately with warm temperature, ice was at the beginning stage of forming, thin and wet. Such ice conditions make our climbing trip a trekking trip.

Beautifu views, I did enjoy the area and the nice walk along the endless train tracks through the forest.

  Sophie Denis