Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Ouray Ice Festival 2008 Offers Up Frigid Fun

The 2008 Ouray Ice Festival concluded this Sunday after several days of climbing, camaraderie and cold. The days were packed with comps and clinics, while at night, the New Belgium beer flowed like wine for slide shows and late-night parties. And of course there was a good showing of vendors, with Osprey and La Sportiva representing from the Verde PR retinue. We consider the Ice Fest in Ouray a local event, since it occurs just over the hill from Durango, and look forward to its arrival each year. Just wanted to share a few photos I took with my GoPro camera for those that couldn't make it this year. Check out more upcoming events for La Sportiva here.
The event was a big success, with some great weather (clear and cold: appropriate for ice climbing), and lots of folks coming to test out top quality boots from La Sportiva and packs from Osprey.

Locals and climbers from afar flocking to the Ouray Ice Park.

The Sportiva Demo Fleet.

Slacklinin' above Box Canyon. The pros making it look easy.

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