Without a doubt, mountaineering boots are the single most important piece of gear for ice climbing. Boots not only connect your feet to the ice but keep you protected from the elements- super important for those long days at Pictured Rocks! Having the right boot fit can and will make the difference between a horrible day and a great day. It can accelerate your learning curve, prevent injuries, keep you warm and make you more comfortable. Not all feet are made the same and neither are ice boots. Good fit requires knowledge- the following clinics, developed by Henry Barber, are designed to give participants this knowledge to help them select the proper boots for their individual needs.
Asolo Presents: Boot Fitting Seminar
In this interesting and extremely important seminar, Asolo Boot representative Henry Barber will discuss boot design and how technical features and proper boot fit enhance warmth and climbers performance. During the program Henry will measure and custom fit each participant. Space is limited for this seminar.
FREE Thursday 5pm American Legion upstairs classroom
FREE Saturday 4pm American Legion upstairs classroom
Asolo Presents: Women’s Boot Fitting Seminar
Inn this interesting and extremely important seminar, Asolo representative Henry Barber will discuss boot design and how technical features and proper boot fit enhance warmth and climbers performance. During the program Henry will measure and custom fit each participant. Space is limited for this seminar.
FREE Friday 5pm American Legion upstairs classroom
Henry Barber is a prolific first ascentionist, pioneer of clean climbing, and free soloist; and in the 1970s, he was perhaps the world’s best free climber, period. Henry has traveled to over 65 countries many of them multiple times, both professionally and pursuing interests climbing, skiing and fishing. As a climber establishing new routes in over 20 countries he is well known for my uncompromising style, which is meant to have the least impact on the rock and surrounding environs. Barber was also a prolific ice climber and alpinist “well ahead of his time, with a commitment and style that was impeccable,” says ice-climbing pioneer Jeff Lowe. “It even took him a long time to warm up to wrist leashes, which he considered aid. Now look at ice climbing: It’s going back to leashless!”
Barber was the first to climb the Vettisfossen, a 900-foot frozen WI 6 waterfall in Norway that, remains unrepeated. During a rare American visit to the Pamirs in what was then the U.S.S.R., Barber soloed a bold new 4,000-foot alpine ice route on Korea Peak (15,551 feet), a climb that was “near suicidal” due to crevasse hazards.