Submitted By: John McNamee on Dec 20, 2011
Ouray, CO - December 19, 2011 - The 17th Annual Ouray Ice Festival will be held January 5th-8th, 2012. One of the world’s premier ice climbing venues again hosts North America’s largest gathering of ice climbers. Presented by Asolo and Rock and Ice, the Festival includes over 65 interactive climbing clinics, free demo climbing for adults and children, the elite mixed climbing competition, and full schedule of evening entertainment.
Clinic topics this year include “Intro to Ice”, “Moderate Mixed”, and “Leashless Climbing for the Chicken Hearted”, all starting at $30. Climbers can demo the latest gear from Black Diamond, Grivel, Scarpa, La Sportiva, Lowa, Asolo, and Sterling Rope. Clinics are taught by both professional climbers and professional climbing guides in conjunction with San Juan Mountain Guides.
The general public and families are welcome at numerous free events including ziplines, the Kid’s Climbing College, and Walk-Up Demo Climbing for adults. The latest gear from vendors like Icebreaker, Gore-Tex, Patagonia, Deuter, Rab, Osprey, Marmot, Mountain Gear, The North Face, Outdoor Research, Mountain Hardwear, and Mammut will be on display.
On Saturday January 7th, the Festival showcases some of the world’s leading professional athletes in an elite mixed climbing competition. According to route-setter Vince Anderson, “it will be deceptively difficult and quite unique this year, rewarding those with the most well-rounded skill set.”
Evening presenters include Andres Marin, Dawn Glanc, Mark Westman, Kelly Cordes, Kyle Dempster and Brittany Griffiths. Gear and climbing art and collectibles will be auctioned off during live and silent auctions. Petzl and Arc’terx host the “Furball” party.
Finally, the REEL ROCK film tour comes to Ouray with “Cold” featuring Cory Richards, and “Ice Revolution” featuring Will Gadd. Proceeds from admission to these events supports the Ouray Ice Park, and includes New Belgium beer.
Ouray Ice Park, Inc.
About the Ouray Ice Park
Ouray Ice Park, Inc., is a Colorado non-profit organization that manages the Ouray Ice Park in conjunction with the City of Ouray, CO. The Ouray Ice Park is a manmade ice climbing venue operated in the Uncompahgre Gorge just outside the city. It is free to the public, and is home to more than 200 named ice and mixed climbs, most within a 15-minute walk of the Park entrance.
The Ouray Ice Festival is held annually to raise funds to operate the the Park.