Saturday, January 11, 2014
On Saturday, Diane and I drove down to Ouray for the annual Ice Festival. This is the third year in a row that I have gone to photograph the climbers and I always have a great time. Maybe next year I’ll try my hand at a little easy ice climbing while I am there 😉
When we first arrived at the ice park we watched the Elite Mixed Ice Climbing Competition for a little while.
Putting the finishing touches on the ice sculpture.
After watching the competition for a bit we wandered up the canyon to check out some of the other climbers.
They seemed to be having a good time…
While we were on the upper bridge we watched this climber who was right below us. The angle from right above him made for a nice set of photos.
After watching the ice climbers for a while and walking around the vendor booths we decided to take a drive up to Red Mountain Pass to take in the wintry sights along the way.
The Yankee Girl looks good surrounded by snow.
We were hoping to get in some snowshoeing while we were down in the mountains but by the time we finished our drive up to Red Mountain Pass and back it was getting too late to start a hike. Instead we decided to make a quick stop at the Black Canyon of the Gunnison on our way home since Diane had never been there before.
The late afternoon light on the steep canyon walls was nice while we were here.
I know I spoke with a few people at the event who saw me taking photos and wondered how they could get a copy. If you come across this trip report and see a photo of yourself that you would like, just send me an email or comment on this post below and I’ll be happy to send you a copy. If you don’t see a photo of yourself here but know I was taking some, also let me know since I have many other photos that I didn’t post up here.