Gold Level Sponsor Patagonia Back For Another Year!

Once again we are proud to have Patagonia as a Gold Level sponsor for the 2013 Michigan Ice Fest!  Patagonia has always sent some of the most amazing athletes to instruct and give presentations to our event and this year is no exception.  This year Patagonia ambassador Zoe Hart will be joining  us all the way from her home in Chamonix France.

Zoe Hart

Zoe is the fourth American woman to earn her International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations status, the highest level of credential available to professional mountain guides. When she’s not guiding or climbing in her backyard, Chamonix, France, Zoe’s on international expeditions or climbing trips throughout North America. Although Zoe considers herself a climbing “jack-of-all-trades,” alpine climbing is her passion.

Career Highlights
  • Ascent of the 1938 Route on the North Face of the Eiger, Switzerland
  • First Ascent Cracker Pterodactyl 5000 (VI 5.10+, 900 m) Jebel Misht, Oman
  • Ascent of the Dru Couloir on the Dru, France
  • Ascent of the Over Couloir on the Brenva Face of Mont Blanc, France
  • Ascent of the Northwest Face of Half Dome in a day, Yosemite, California Ascent of the West Face Couloir, Aguille Du Plan (ED2, M6, WI5, 700 m)
    • First Female Ascent and Speed Record (since broken) of Deprivation, Mt Hunter, Alaska (IV 5.8 A3 AI6)
    • Ascent of Cryophobia, Ghost, Canada (M8, WI 6, 225m)
    • First Female Ski Descents in the Karakoram on the Chasing Glaciers Expeditions, Pakistan
    • First ascent of Big Wednesday (VI 6), Ben Nevis, Scotland
    • First ascent of Alpine Princess, Ben Nevis, Scotland

On top of sending Zoe,  Patagonia is also going all in on some sweet swag!  What you may ask?  Well let’s just say there will be some lucky climbers sporting new soft shell jackets, R1 insulation and of course belay jackets!  Have never owned a piece of Patagonia clothing?  At the Michigan Ice Fest you will get a unique opportunity to demo some of the nicest ice climbing clothing ever produced as Patagonia will be sending their demo fleet just so we can try it out!  Stop by Sydney’s before heading out to the ice and demo a belay parka, soft shell jacket and more!
Patagonia DAS Parka
When your belaying in the middle of a fridgid snow storm, on the shores of Lake Superior, give thanks to Patagonia for the Men’s DAS Parka. This lightweight puffy features a weather-resistant shell and high-lofting PrimaLoft One insulation that keeps you warm even if it gets wet. The oversized hood fits over all types of helmets, and the two-way zipper lets you get at your belay device while keeping the jacket zipped. Large handwarmer pockets and interior mesh pockets store your chilly hands or water bottles, and Patagonia included a stuff sack for when it’s time to climb.  This brilliant piece of gear is an Ice Fest Staff favorite!

A big Thank you goes out to Josh and the rest of the gang and Patagonia  for taking the time to care about us mid west climbers!


Zoe Hart Returns To Ice Fest!

Michigan Ice Fest is proud to announce that Zoe Hart will be joining us for the 2013 Ice Fest,  instructing our courses throughout the weekend and presenting  Saturday evening.  We are so fortunate to have our Gold Sponsor Patagonia sending Zoe to this years event!

After of 10 years of perpetual motion, climbing her way around the corners of the globe Zoe Hart settled in the Valley of Chamonix, France. After arriving in the valley, somewhat by luck and somewhat by accident, Chamonix is now her permanent residence with her husband Maxime Turgeon, an equally avid and accomplished climber. They live in a small apartment perched beneath the hanging glaciers of the Aguille du Midi, where Zoe has learned the value of climbing in her own back yard.

In 2006 Zoe became the 4th American Female to pass the UIAGM certification allowing her to work as a Mountain Guide around the world. Zoe currently holds many hats, Professional Mountain Guide, Professional Alpinist, Director of the Chamonix Adventure Festival, Degree Candidate at the Harvard Extension School for a Masters in Sustainable Development and Environmental Management, Freelance Writer, Lecturer and Speaker, each day holds a different challenge.

Having grown up in suburban New Jersey and arriving in Chamonix to learn to ski, on a pair of telemarks none the less, Zoe has come a long way from her East coast roots. Now her days entail long alpine routes, or adventures on classic alpine ridges with clients, ski tours, or sunny rock climbing in France, Italy, and Switzerland. Rather than the perpetual motion of her 20’s Zoe continues to travel and explore the greater ranges of the world a few times per year, most recently to climb Madagascar’s big granite walls.

To read more on Zoe click here!