Ouray is a fantastic place and the Ice Festival held there every January is a great event that is an opportunity for folks interested in the sport of ice climbing to take clinics with sponsored climbers, demo the latest gear from top brands, see slideshows, win gear, be entertained, see the competition, eat good food, meet the players in the industry, soak in hot springs and in general have a great time in a beautiful place with good, fun people!
Photo of me doing some mixed climbing at the Ouray Ice Park before the competition.
The comp route, put up by Vince Andersen at al, was excellent this year! This was my second year competing. I had fun, climbed well and ended up roughly in the middle of the pack. Click here for comp results.
Congratulations to Josh Wharton on his dominant win!
It is not easy to put yourself out there to compete at the elite level, with a crowd and judges. To all those who competed, creating a fun and supportive environment, thanks and congratulations!
Will Gadd is my hero! He ice climbed 24 hours straight, climbing over 25,000 feet of ice! See below.