19th Annual Ouray Ice Festival
2014 Ouray Ice Festival Schedule Announced
Ueli Steck, Kyle Dempster, Aaron Mulkey, Kristen Kelliher and Adrian Ballinger headline evening presentations.
Ouray, CO - December 16, 2013 - The 19th Annual Ouray Ice Festival will be held January 9th-12th, 2014. One of the world’s premier ice climbing venues again hosts North America’s largest gathering of ice climbers. Presented by Asolo and Rock and Ice, the Festival includes over 75 interactive climbing clinics, free demo climbing for adults and children, the elite mixed climbing competition, the Hari Berger Speed Climbing competition sponsored by Lowa, and a full schedule of evening entertainment.
Clinic topics this year include “Intro to Ice”, “Moderate Mixed” and “Steep Ice Techniques”, all starting at $49. Seminars focused on backcountry skiing and climbing will also be available. Climbers can demo the latest gear from Black Diamond, Grivel, Scarpa, La Sportiva, Lowa, Asolo, Zamberlan, Petzl and Sterling Rope. Clinics are taught by both professional climbers and professional climbing guides in conjunction with San Juan Mountain Guides.
The general public and families are welcome at numerous free events including the Kid’s Climbing College and Walk-Up Demo Climbing for adults at the La Sportiva Zone. The latest gear from vendors like Gore-Tex, Patagonia, Rab, Osprey, Marmot, Mountain Gear, The North Face, Outdoor Research, Mountain Hardwear, Millet, Brooks-Range Mountaineering and Mammut will be on display. New this year will be a family friendly ice skating venue in the Ouray Box Canyon visitor’s center parking lot. Ice skates will also be available for a modest rental fee.
On Saturday, January 11th, the Festival showcases some of the world’s leading professional athletes in an elite mixed climbing competition featuring $9,000 in prize money. Athletes in the elite mixed climbing competition will be challenged by a route that includes a 25-foot tower overhanging the Uncompahgre Gorge in a spectator friendly venue. The action continues on Sunday, January 12th, with the Hari Berger Speed Climbing Competition sponsored by Lowa. Competitors will race against the clock and side by side with $7,000 in prize money up for grabs.
Evening presenters include Ueli Steck, Adrian Ballinger and Kristen Kelliher, the youngest U.S. female highpointer. Adventure film buffs are in for a treat as the Festival will host films at the historic Wright Opera House on January 10th and 11th. Friday, January 11th, the Festival will show “The Road from Karakol” presented and narrated by Kyle Dempster. On January 11th, the Festival hosts Aaron Mulkey who will present the premier of “The Pursuit”.
Gear, climbing art and collectibles will be auctioned off during live and silent auctions. Petzl hosts the “Saturday Night Freezer” party on Saturday, January 11th. Proceeds from admission to these events supports the Ouray Ice Park and includes beer from the Ouray Brewery and other local craft brewers including Two Rascals, Colorado Boy and Ourayle House.
Mike MacLeod or Kevin Koprek
Ouray Ice Park, Inc.