After waiting for two years for the opportunity to participate in our Council’s popular Ice Climbing event near Lake Placid in upstate New York, our older scouts (minimum age 14) finally got the opportunity to discover why this outing remains in such high demand. First of all, there are only a few weekends per year that this unique high-adventure trip is available. And relative to the size of Westchester-Putnam Council’s scout base, all ice climbing weekends typically “sell out” within a few weeks of becoming available in May the preceeding year. As well, the Summit Base crew does a terrific job to ensure scouts have an exciting, fun and safe weekend. For the scouts, whom are used to camping, staying in a warm Hostel with bathrooms and home-cooked meals is a bit like being on vacation! Finally, the ice climbing in the Keene Valley itself is spectacular! It is very challenging (much harder than it looks), the weather elements can be harsh, but the scenery is simply spectacular. Staying in Lake Placid, site of the 1932 & 1980 Olympic Games, had the added benefit of other important sporting events occurring, namely the Empire State Games with athletes from all over the world present. And if one still had any energy left from learning to work ice picks and spiked crampons in tandem on a magnificent vertical ice cliff all day, then one could play on the Lake Placid Toboggan Chute at night as long as one wanted. This new winter event for the troop, in all likelihood, will prove to be enormously popular. Words simply cannot adequately describe the exhilaration of ice climbing in the beautiful surroundings of Keene Valley. Simply spectacular photographs of this event can be seen here.