Throwing it back a few years (and seasons) to one of the more spectacular falls we've ever witnessed: @jeffmercier74 victory whipping off a pinata at the 2014 #ourayicefestival 😰
It feels a long way from winter, but shots like this still somehow get us psyched!
"I ❤️ice climbing." Our Utah Grassroots Team Leader, @sarahfruendt, looks on while climbing during Colorado's Ouray Ice Festival. Photo: @life_adventure_live :: What sport gets your heart thumping? Tell us your favorite in the comments, #outdoorwomen !
Monday by Mateo: If you’ve never watched a mixed/ice climbing competition, you should. “But it sounds about as exciting as filing my taxes!” you protest. “They’re just flailing those tools around trying to stick them into stuff over and over” OK, sure, it’s a circus act, but there is a high-stakes athleticism at play as these climbers swing their very sharp-picked tools and scrabble for purchase with their very sharp-pointed crampons. Sometimes, they even swing at artificial holds and bizarre Cirque du Soleil contraptions like hanging, swinging logs, then pretzel themselves into improbable figure 4, figure 9, Steinpull (upside-down ice axe), and other futuristic maneuvers. It’s crazy and pointless, and crazy-pointless, but fun in a terrifying-monkey-bars sort of way.
There’s been a mixed competition at the annual Ouray Ice Festival for years. While this climber here is just styling one of the water-ice climbs and isn’t on the mixed comp wall they bolt to the cliff top, he’s surely thinking of the gnar—dreaming of all those sweet, fake, gold-painted dangly logs.📸 @brigandballoonist
We saw some great images from the #ourayicefestival last week thanks to @timbanfield. But the real story was 13 year old Keenan Griscom placing 13th overall in a comp with no categories for age and ability. Watch out winners, this guy is gunning for ya! // #ouraycolorado @ourayicepark @camp1889 #iceclimbing#ice#coloradoice
I never thought I would take the sport of climbing and turn it into direct competition, but I am amazed that it is exactly the competition that is transforming me into the athlete I'm striving to become. The process to becoming better is so exciting, I can hardly wait to see where it will take me. Ouray was so much fun giving it everything I had. Can't wait for the next event! Huge thanks to @timbanfield for capturing these great images! #kavu#camp_usa#patagonia_climb#tbt#wanderlust#wildernessculture#ourayicefestival
Among her many talents, my friend and climbing partner Bailey (@brbatchelor) is a badass photographer. Check out the link in my bio to her blog post on our recent trip to the Ouray Ice Festival and check out her work on Instagram!#ourayicefestival#ourayicepark#iceclimbing#adventurebang
Now a week ago I’m finally getting around to posting a few shots from the Ouray Ice Fest. As always this place was crawling with next level climbing talent!
Internationally-renowned Canadian ice climber @realwillgadd (who became the first person in the world to scale a frozen Niagara Falls in January 2015) finishes in 5th place overall in last Saturday’s 23rd Annual Ouray Ice Festival Elite Mixed Climbing Competition. #iceicebaby
@lasportivana athlete and FMG co-owner Karsten Delap just got back from the @ourayicepark ice fest! If you missed him there you can catch him next week at the @mwv_icefest or two weeks after at the @michiganicefest . Also be sure to check out the @foxmountainguides New Hampshire ice programs that @karstendelap will be running! @bluewaterropes
King of Stoke @davidroetzel gets one more pitch in at the Ouray Ice Fest. David pursues life with passion and steep ice with precision and supreme confidence... psyched to get out with him, @beth_goralski and @timmyoneill for the after-hours ice party.
Congrats to everyone who competed at the Ouray Ice Comp this past weekend and thanks Tim Banfield (@timbanfield) for some great photos! Here CAMP/Cassin athlete Jesse Huey (@jessehuey) uses some fancy maneuvering to punch through the opening moves of the crux. // @camp1889 #ourayicefestival#ourayicefest
It was an honor to climb with so many awesome people at the #ourayicefestival and share the podium with @nathankutcher @bookofsamuel @angelika_rainer @huens @katie__bono
Killer route setting by @andresmarin22 @icevince
And thanks for the amazing support from @beyondourbasecamp @rab.equipment @hyperlite_mountain_gear @camp_usa