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Ouray Ice Climbing Festival

Every January on Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, an eclectic gathering of ice climbers, gear manufacturing exhibitors, and ice climbing voyeurs simply thrilled to watch at a safe distance from the precipitous edges, meets in the Ouray Ice Park, in the San Juan Mountains, near Oray, Colorado.

The festival was first held in January of 1996 and is promoted by ice climbing pioneer Jeff Lowe. The festival is now widely recognized as the premier gathering of its kind.

Events over this incredible weekend include various climbing clinics from beginning to advanced, an opportunity to check out and try the latest and greatest gear and catch up with some of the world’s most famous and experienced climbers.

The Festival offers one of the best competition route’s that continues to challenge the best climbers in the world. Plus they are always adding or changing things up. They include such events as an ax throwing contest, tight rope walk across the gorge, and a mariad of other festivitiess.

The Festival isn’t just for climbers – they also have gear auctions, film and slide show presentations and a Kids Climbing Wall away from the gorge to get the little tykes started off right.

For more information on the Ouray Ice Festival, click here