Gold Sponsor Black Diamond Sends Pete Tapley To This Years Ice Fest!

Courtesy of Black Diamond Equipment, Pete comes to us from Bozeman, MT, where he works year-round as a professional mountain guide.  His climbing career stretches back to the late eighties, and has been punctuated with numerous standard-bearing first ascents.  While preferring to consider himself an all arounder, he sheepishly confesses that, “I have to admit, my winters seem to keep getting longer, and while alpinism lies at the heart of my passion for climbing, there’s no denying that I’ve been shaped by my surroundings and have evolved into somewhat of an ice specialist.”

Though Tapley is well know for his adventurous climbs, writing, photography and video shorts, he also prides himself on his ability teach.   “It’s what I feel sets me apart from the throngs of other excellent guides out there – my passion for and commitment to being the best instructor that I can be.  I thrive on the connection to people who share this love for climbing.  It might sound altruistic, but rest assured, I take great satisfaction in seeing a student’s ability and knowledge grow…not to mention, the enthusiasm of new climbers is infectious and keeps that fire inside burning bright.”

Pete’s multi-media presentation will focus on the relation of backyard adventure to the greater ranges and include imagery from his and Scott Adamson’s 5,000’ new route on the East Face of the Moose’s Tooth. You can learn more about Pete and follow his blog at

Michigan Ice Fest 2014 Lineup Starting To Take Shape!

Just got word that Gold sponsor Black Diamond has signed Pete Tapley to present and instruct at this years fest!  Look for a more detailed bio for Pete coming soon!


Pete offers a unique blend of skills that cover not only all aspects of mountain life, but also a distinctive and highly effective teaching style, honed over two decades of experience.  He’s taught climbers of all ages and ability levels and has an impeccable safety record.
His talents extend well beyond the climbing world, yet dovetail perfectly as he documents his adventures through creative and original writing, video shorts and still imagery.  His published works have been featured in Alpinist, Backcountry and Climberism Magazine, among others.
Blending these interests, Tapley is frequently found at various climbing festivals and trade show events, as well as throughout the pages of popular climbing periodicals and marketing materials.