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SNEWS® Live: 3,000 overrun Ouray for ice festival

SNEWS® Live goes on location at the Ouray Ice Festival in Colorado, the home of the world's best ice climbing and an event that packs 'em in year after year.

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SNEWS® Live: Ouray, Colo., is home to some of the world’s best ice climbing, and every year thousands descend upon this tiny community of 825 for the Ouray Ice Festival.

Over four days climbers from around the world scaled frozen walls of rock and ice. The event – this year, Jan. 10-14 -- is held at the Ouray Ice Park, a series of 160 frozen waterfalls along a deep river gorge on the edge of town. This year the ice festival drew almost 3,000 participants and spectators to try out the latest equipment, attend seminars on basic and advanced techniques, see slide shows, and compete for prizes over its five days.

SNEWS® Live was on the scene in Ouray to bring you this report.


Ouray Ice Festival embraces newcomers

I attended the first ice climbing festival in 1993 -- when Ouray resembled a ghost town -- and have been to several others since. Unquestionably, the recently concluded event was the best to date with 28 happy sponsors and hundreds of climbers enjoying warm temps, blue skies and more

Ouray Ice Festival draws 3,000 attendees

For the uninitiated, ice climbing is a rather bizarre sport -- people standing around in below freezing conditions waiting to attack a giant ice cube with sharp picks. Yet roughly 3,000 people from around the country converged on the small town of Ouray (population 800) in more