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Himalayan Ice: Adventures in India's most remote valley

  • Patagonia Portland 1106 West Burnside Street Portland, OR, 97209 United States (map)

In December 2018, alpinists Ari Novak and Karsten Delap set out for India to explore one of the most remote valleys in the Indian Himalaya with local Indian climber Karn Kowshik. Their goal was to meet with the indigenous population of the Spiti Valley and try to support local ice climbing. What they found was perhaps the biggest treasure trove of unclimbed ice in all the Himalaya. Himalayan Ice, tells the history-making story of their journey to put up 9 first ascents (including "Snow Lepard" HWI7 the hardest water ice line in the Indian Himala) and start an ice climbing movement by the local population. From their journey to the valley along the most treacherous road on earth to walking amongst Snow Leopards, the expedition was anything but expected.

The evening will also include a raffle filled with great gear prizes!

Maker Happy Hour at MadeHerePDX from 5–7 p.m.

Before Himalayan Ice gets underway, join us at MadeHerePDX for a Maker Happy Hour to interact with owners and designers from NW Alpine, Truce Designs, Shwood, ANTHM Collective, and Trail Butter. There will also be complimentary refreshments including local snacks, beer and wine. Location: MadeHerePDX, 40 NW 10th


Presenter: Ari Novak is an ice climber and mountaineer for La Sportiva, Petzl and Deuter based out of Bozeman Montana. Novak’s love of ice and rock climbing has led him to establish first ascents around the country and around the world. In 2019 Novak and his team established the hardest water ice line in the Indian Himalayan “Snow Leopard” HW7 150m. In Montana, Novak established “White Tara” along with Conrad Anker who describes the route as “one of the best rock routes in the State” In Alaska, Novak has explored some of the most remote reaches of the Matanuska glacier as featured in National Geographic. Novak’s number one passion is sharing climbing through teaching ice climbing technique to enable others to enjoy the mountains as safely as possible. Novak is a regular instructor at the Ouray and Michigan Ice Festival. In addition to ice climbing Ari enjoys ski mountaineering and all things winter.

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Earlier Event: November 14
Intro to Ice & Mixed Climbing
Later Event: November 15
Movement Efficiency: Women