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Ouray Welcomes Climbers to the Best Ice Festival Ever!

  
  
  

Whether competing, or just ready for some icy climbing action from the sidelines, The 18th Annual Ouray Ice festival is the place to be this January!

iceclimberIt is hard to believe that just a few short years (well, 22 to be exact) ago, a few industrius adventurers gathered at the Uncompahgre Gorge with sprinkler heads and PVC pipes to flow water over the sides of the gorge and ‘farm’ ice. Today, The Ouray Ice Park boasts over 200 climbs, and plays host to one of the most widely attended Ice Festivals in the world. Atheletes from all over make the journey to Ouray every January to compete with the best of the best on Ouray’s ice and mixed terrain.

Every year since its conception, the Ouray Ice Park has grown to suit the ever changing skills and tastes of the athletes who choose this grueling sport. And this year is no exception.
In addition to a new 25 foot overhanging tower erected for the end of the elite mixed climbing comp route, and over $16,000.00 worth of prize money, Lowa will be sponsoring the Hari Berger Speed Climbing competition, sure to be an exciting event!
The schedule of Events for the 18th Annual Ouray Ice festival is as follows:

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

icefestcompetitorsMain Street Theater: (630 Main Street) 6:30pm to 9:00pm
• Presentation by Sam Elias, Beer provided by the Colorado Boy Brewery, $15
Beaumont Grill: (505 Main Street) 9:00pm to 11:30pm

Join us at the Historic Beaumont Hotel for the Annual Ouray Ice Festival Kick-off Party, hosted by the American Alpine Club, beer, food,
and prizes, FREE! Come get your Ice Fest psych on!

Ice Park: 9:00am to 3:00pm
• Outdoor Gear Expo; 9:00am-3:00pm, free gear demos, ask info booth about gear card!
• Interactive Clinics; 9:00am & 12:30pm, sign up online.
• Walk-up Climbing; sponsored by La Sportiva; It’s your turn to climb! 10:00am-3:00pm, Ages 18+, Free
• Zip Line – sponsored by Caldera Resources; Enjoy the Thrill! 12:00pm-3:00pm, Ages 6+, Free
Ouray Community Center (340 6th Ave) 5:00pm to 8:30pm
• Dinner, New Belgium Beer, $20
• Indoor Gear Expo; Check out the latest climbing gear! Mingle with the athletes.
• Silent Auction; Come bid on great gear!
Main Street Theater (630 Main Street) 8:30pm to 10:00pm
• Ines Papert presents “Rock and Ice“, Beer provdied by the Ourayle House Brewery, $15
Wright Opera House (472 Main Street) 9:00pm to 11:00pm

Film Tour – The Incan Odyssey, presented by Marmot, beer provided by the Ouray Brewery, $10 - free commemorative pint glass!

Saturday, January 12th, 2013

icefestIce Park: 9:00am to 3:00pm
• Outdoor Gear Expo; 9:00am-3:00pm, newest gear! Ask info booth about gear card!
• Interactive Clinics; 9:00am & 12:30pm, sign up online.
• Elite Mixed Ice Climbing Competition; 9:00am -3:00pm
• Kid’s Climbing College; sponsored by Caldera Resources and the Woman’s Club of Ouray, 10:00am-3:00pm, Ages
8-17, Free
• Walk-up Climbing; sponsored by La Sportiva; It’s your turn to climb! 10:00am-3:00pm, Ages 18+, Free
• Zip Line – sponsored by Caldera Resources and Khristopher’s Culinaire; Enjoy the Thrill! 10:00am-3:00pm,
Ages 6+, Free
Ouray Community Center (340 6th Ave) 7:00pm to 10:00pm
• Multi-media presentation Hayden Kennedy, Beer by Ska Brewing, $10 - free commemorative pint glass!
• Live Auction; Exciting climbing gear, artwork, and collectibles!
Wright Opera House (472 Main Street) 8:00pm to 10:00pm - Adventure Film
• Cory Richards / The North Face Beer provided by the Ouray Brewery, $15 - free commemorative pint glass!
Ouray Community Center (340 6th Ave) 10:30pm to 1:00am
• Petzl / Arc’teryx Lost in Space Party, $10

iceparklogoIce Park: 9:00am to 2:00pm
• Ouray Ice Festival Hari Berger Speed Comp, sponsored by Lowa; 10:00am.
• Interactive Clinics; 9:00am, sign up online.
• Outdoor Gear Expo; 10:00am-2:00pm, newest gear! Ask info booth about gear card!
• Kid’s Climbing College; sponsored by Caldera Resources and the Woman’s Club of Ouray, 10:00am-2:00pm,
Ages 8-17, Free
• Walk-up Climbing; sponsored by La Sportiva; It’s your turn to climb! 10:00am-2:00pm, Ages 18+, Free
• Zip Line sponsored by Caldera Resources; Enjoy the Thrill! 10:00am-2:00pm, Ages 6+, Free
• ASOLO Awards Ceremony, at the Outdoor Gear Expo; 2:00pm.

Sunday, January 13th, 2013


Kids WallIce Park: 9:00am to 2:00pm
• Ouray Ice Festival Hari Berger Speed Comp, sponsored by Lowa; 10:00am.
• Interactive Clinics; 9:00am, sign up online.
• Outdoor Gear Expo; 10:00am-2:00pm, newest gear! Ask info booth about gear card!
• Kid’s Climbing College; sponsored by Caldera Resources and the Woman’s Club of Ouray, 10:00am-2:00pm,
Ages 8-17, Free
• Walk-up Climbing; sponsored by La Sportiva; It’s your turn to climb! 10:00am-2:00pm, Ages 18+, Free
• Zip Line sponsored by Caldera Resources; Enjoy the Thrill! 10:00am-2:00pm, Ages 6+, Free
• ASOLO Awards Ceremony, at the Outdoor Gear

Since the first Ice festival organized by Jeff Lowe in 1996, The Ouray Ice Park and its founders and volunteers have worked tirelessly to grow while maintaining the original concept of a free park for everyone, from the most seasoned to the newest climber on the ice.

Make it a point to show your support while experiencing one of the most fascinating extreme sports around this winter!

 


 


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I am on a mission to Analyze a top blog in my Niche, which are in the same mountains anyway;-) You where suggested to me by Mary in Lake City and she is correct in that you do a great job, keep it up!!! Hope Winter is going well~Clay~
Posted @ Monday, January 14, 2013 4:17 PM by Alpine Paradise
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