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Retailer Shout Out: Ouray Mountain Sports

Jan. 10th 2014

If there’s one thing that has put the otherwise unsung mountain town of Ouray, Colorado on the map, it’s ice climbing. The Ouray Ice Park was the brainchild of ice climbing pioneer Jeff Lowe, who made the park a reality in 1996. Since then, the Park has been owned and managed by the City of Ouray, the nonprofit Ouray Ice Park, Inc. and a mix of private and public landowners. But, if there’s a backbone to the Park and the now famous Ouray Ice Festival, it’s Ouray Mountain Sports.

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Will Gadd’s Favorite Ice Festivals: Modern Day Tribal Celebrations

Feb. 21st 2013

I’ve been going to ice climbing festivals for going on 20 years, and I’ve started to notice some themes at these tribal celebrations. Each one is a gathering of the climbing community; I romanticize these gatherings as the modern-day equivalent of the great tribal Pow Wows of centuries past, where the First Nations elders would tell stories, the youngsters would show off their physical prowess through games of skill, and the guy who sold the beer would do very, very well. Today’s festival communal bonfire is the slide show, and the games of skill are represented in the competitions, formal and informal, that always take place. Small sub-groups split off into bars, romances are kindled and broken, children conceived and plans made for hunting the mythical big ice climbs lurking over the horizon like the bison of old. Like I said, it’s a romantic comparison, but I believe in the idea of climbing tribes that are normally spread thin, gathering in celebration of a common idea: climbing icicles.

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Sam Elias: On the Ouray Ice Fest, the climbing community and learning opportunities

Jan. 12th 2012

Sam Elias at Ouray Ice Fest 2012SCARPA athlete, Sam Elias spent last weekend at the Ouray Ice Festival in Colorado celebrating frozen water, climbing, camaraderie and learning. Sam has attended and taught at five Ouray Ice Fests and cannot wait for the next one. Here are Elias’ reflections on the 2012 festival:

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