Saturday, November 22, 2008

Photo Hold'em

Photo Hold'em

Welcome to Coldfear's first contest.

First off I have to thank The Range Life guys for coming up with the great idea...

What is it?
It is a photo contest with a little poker strategy. But mostly its just another excuse to get some more eye candy up for people's viewing pleasures.

How Do I Enter?
If you want to enter this contest, you must send a picture of yourself to aaron(at)coldfear(dot)com by midnight on Nov 30th. This photo will be part of the contest and if we get more than 16 participants, these photos will be judged and only the sweetest 16 will get to play - so don't stretch you arm out and click. Make it count. Along with this photo, please include your full name, a brief description about yourself to intimidate, bluff, or otherwise psyche out the competition, and where you are from.

How Does the Competition Work?
On Dec 1st, The entry photos will be posted here in a bracket fashion. Each competitor will be randomly pitted against another.

By midnight on Dec. 5th, you need to submit your first Ice Climbing photo, which will be your entry for Round One.

On Dec. 8th, the Round One photos will be posted along with comments and results as determined by the Coldfear judges, as well as the new bracket for Round Two.

By midnight on Dec. 16th, if you are still in the contest you must submit your second Ice Climbing Photo, which will be your entry for Round Two.

On Dec. 19th, the Round Two photos will be posted along with comments, results, and the next round of brackets.

Dec. 25th - Christmas Day. Be Thankful to be a climber and hope for new gear.

By midnight on on Dec. 26th, if you are still in the contest you must submit FOUR Ice Climbing Photos, which will be your entry for the Third and Final Round.

On Dec. 30th we will post the photos for the Third and Final round along with the announcement of the winner of the First Annual Coldfear Photo Hold'Em. And in the words of Ricky Bobby, "If you ain't first, your last."

Photo Hold'em

Definitions and Recommendations:

Photo of yourself: Get creative. This can be a self portrait, or taken by somebody else. It is not limited to the genre of Ice Climbing.

Ice Climbing Photos: More Creativity, please. This does not have to be a Climber on a piece of ice. In fact we love lifestyle photos, but feel that they are harder to capture in the form of a quality photo. The more unique and creative photos will do better, but ultimately we just want photos that capture the essence of Ice Climbing. Feel free to add a short caption if you like, but this is not necessary.

Resolution: This is not a contest for only people with an expensive camera. I would encourage professional photographers and point-n-shoot users to enter. Let us know what camera you are working with and we will consider handicaps where necessary.

Size: I thought about requiring you to send me specificly sized photos. But fearing that I will not get enough participants this is not a mandate. However, if I need a tie-breaker, the photo that is sized at a maximum dimension of 500 on either side may win.

Of course, Coldfear, reserves the rights to do whatever we want, and change this contest as necessary, so just play along, and feel free to ask questions as necessary.

Finally, in classic blog-community style...Anyone out there want to stoke out the winner? Manufacturers wanna send some prizes? Magazines wanna publish the winner? Other industry folk want to get involved? contact me.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

BJ Tilden...A Real Cowboy

I had to post this because I think BJ is a great guy and friend. He is a true ambassador to the sport and he is truly a great guy as well. Bj grew up here in Cody, Wyoming and helped grow the sport of rock climbing here along with his long time best friend Leif Gasch . These two guys were brought up as young climbers in Cody under the loose belay of Bobby Model . That is a story I will save for another time but I think it is something that would be fun to write.

Check out the video on BJ Tilden, the video is named Orange For Anguish

Click it HERE

Friday, November 7, 2008

Updates, stokes and more.....

As many of you have noticed the old Coldfear homepage is gone, but never fear change is a good thing...

Im working on bringing all of the old pages back especially the conditions page but they will all link off of this page so the front page of Coldfear is always fresh and new. As for right now the only ice to be found is on Carter Mountain and when the valley has ice I will let everyone know and the condition page will be back up by then anyway!

The Bad News
Bison Willys Bunkhouse in the South Fork Valley is no more, and its era has past. Kenny Gasch has tried hard to keep the lodging presence for ice climbers in the valley but with new owners of the DDX wanting more money and no promise of running water Kenny has decided it can not be operated any longer. Its a bad deal and I know Kenny will continue to look into other avenues to house ice climbers in the valley but for now staying in town is your only option.

Photo Hold'em
Im going to announce the ice climbing Photo Hold'em next week so stay tuned for that, it will be fun and get everyone excited for the season to come!

Its getting cold finally and the ice is forming slowly but surely. Start sharpening the tools and keep training for steep ice and long approaches....ha