Gear company Outdoor Research, whose products I was particularly impressed with when I reviewed them a few months back, is preparing to hit the ice climbing circuit over the next few months, with plans to attend five major Ice Festivals in January and February.
They’ll get things started with the 15th Annual Ouray Ice Festival, which kicks off tomorrow in Ouray, Colorado. Then, on January 15th, they’ll be in attendance at the Adirondack International Mountain Festival in Keene Valley, New York. At the end of the month, they’ll head to the Smugglers Notch Ice Bash hosted in Smugglers Notch, Vermont. In February, Outdoor Research will be in attendance at the Mount Washington Valley IMCS Ice Festival in North Conway, New Hampshire and The Knuckle Basher Ice Festival in Canmore, Alberta, Canada as well.
While at these events, Outdoor Research Ambassadors and Connectors, which are made up of professional climbers and guides, will be providing will hold clinics, slideshows, demos and seminars at all of the events. Of course, there will be plenty of great gear on hand as well, much of which is designed for use in ice climbing in particular.
This is pretty much a definitive list of all the top ice climbing festivals in North America, where a lot of great action will be taking place in the next few months. Ouray is kind of the grand-daddy of them all, and it gets underway tomorrow and runs through the weekend. Anyone going?
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