If you love winter ice climbing, the Ouray Ice Fest is the place for you. Even if you’re not a big climber, there are still activities to take part in. The food, music, and festivities are all happening January 24-27, 2019 and you don’t want to miss it!
What is it?
This multi-day ice climbing festival that will help raise funds for the Ice Park. Climbers from all over the world come to the small town of Ouray to climb and watch the sport.
Climbers have the chance to compete for a prize, but even if you don’t win, there’s plenty of gear and apparel available for purchase. Various outdoor retailers come to the festival to sell the best new outdoor and climbing equipment they have to offer.
There will also be nightly events and presentations from leading climbers that can be accessed through registration.
History of the Fest
The Ouray Ice Festival started when Jeff Lowe, a true pioneer in ice climbing, decided to hold an ice climbing event at the Ouray Ice Park. It started with just a few people, but has since grown to hold thousands of participants. Jeff helped develop climbing techniques, finding great locations, and designing effective tools. Though he passed away earlier this year, he was truly a leading figure in this winter sport.
Ice climbing itself used to be a sport solely for elite climbers, but now, there are several available instructors and guides that can help any average person have the time of their life on the ice.