Monday, January 7, 2008

La Sportiva Out On The Ice Fest Circuit

And you thought ice was only good for cocktails.

It’s that wonderful season we all find so pleasin’- that ice climbing time of year!

That’s right, thanks to some frigid temperatures, the ice is in, ushering in the ice climbing festival circuit.

Ice climbing festivals promote the sport of ice climbing, and are equally appealing to neophytes and accomplished mixed climbers alike. The sport of ice and mixed climbing is also a community, check out some of the characters here.

On January 9, one of the biggies starts: Ouray. It promises to be another fantastic long weekend of comps, clinics, product demos, slide shows – and camaraderie. Leave thoughts of work and responsibility behind and head up to the winter wonderland that is Ouray. Rub elbows with the best climbers in the world and check out the finest new product for scaling waterfall ice and picking your way up mixed routes. Thousands of people go to this festival, offering the opportunity to check in with old friends and kindred spirits.

La Sportiva will be there with a host of other top climbing product manufacturers – plugging back in to the source and recharging their batteries so to speak. Of course, they’re bringing a fleet of demo boots and a top-notch roster of athletes to lead clinics and compete in the comps, including Rob Cordery-Cotter, Audrey Gariepy, Steve House, Guy Lacelle, William H. Mayo, Dale Remsberg, Paul Stein, and Maxime Turgeon. But really it’s just an excuse to get out there.

La Sportiva is psyched to be on the road this season– look for them at Bozeman, Canmore, Mountain Fest, Michigan, North Conway, and Smuggler’s Notch.

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