The Backcountry Blog has posted a very nice report on the Ouray Ice Festival that took place last weekend in Ouray, Colorado. The post gives a little history on the festival, what it was like to climb the ice there, as well as thoughts on the clinics and competitions that took place over the five days of the event.
It was the 12th year of the Ouray Ice Festival and it seems to be growing each year. The climbing competition has gotten more challenging (results posted here), and the clinics have become more diverse, challenging, and informative. Plus, it’s a great place to check out new gear! So if you missed this years event, perhaps you’ll want to start planning for next year.
After you’re done reading about the festival, check out gear report on the Petzl Quark Ice Tools that the Backcountry Gang had a chance to field test while in Ouray.
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