SNEWS® Live: Kids climb ice and learn alpine safety at the Ouray Ice Festival

Participants at the Kid's Climbing College at the Ouray Ice Festival share their experiences with SNEWS® Live.
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SNEWS® Live: Reporting from the Ouray Ice Festival in Colorado, one of our SNEWS® Live broadcasting crew visited the Kid’s Climbing College. Local climbers at the Ouray Ice Park outfitted children as young as five years old with boots, ice tools, crampons and helmets to climb select top-roped routes. And perhaps, inspired in some small way, a few of these young climbers will be among the leading mountaineers of tomorrow.


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

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