Wednesday, December 9, 2009

The Ice Season Cometh

For both the aspiring and hard core ice climbers, there are a few events coming up worth mentioning. The Ouray Ice Festival is January 7-10. Events over this weekend include climbing clinics (from beginning to advanced), an opportunity to check out the newest gear from equipment manufacturers, climbing contests for the pros and the amateurs, films, speakers, slack line and axe throwing competition (at the same time?), and more. This year, NEMO is donating some awesome gear to their annual auction. Proceeds go towards the annual operating capital needed to run Ouray Ice Park.

For East Coasters, there are two great events coming up. We're helping sponsor the 3rd Annual Smuggler's Notch Ice Bash Jan 30-Feb 1. Come demo great new gear, and attend clinics focused on Ice/Mixed climbing, companion rescue, climbing for skiing, women's only, etc. The party schedule looks full with pre-bash and post-bash events, slideshows, and talks of ladeling out hot chicken soup after a cold day of climbing.

The Mount Washington Valley Ice Festival is February 5-7. The website is currently being updated, but keep current with all the latest news through the blog. All clinics need to be signed up for in advance, so get going on it now!


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