Ice Climbing

2013 Ouray Ice Festival

South Park Area

The 2013 Ouray Ice Festival was January 11-13.  This was my first time to Ouray and the festival.  Having only limited ice experience (I've climbed at Lee Vining and June Lake),  Ouray was amazing with its short approach to hundreds of routes and great ice.  Getting to Ouray can be a bit expensive but well worth the cost.

For those not familiar with Ouray, it is a small town in Colorado that proclaims itself the Switzerland of America.  Ouray has natural water ice in the area, and several years back they started putting sprinklers at the top of the Uncompahgre Gorge.  That soon turned into the first ice climbing park and now, the Ice Festival is world famous.

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