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Ouray Ice Festival 2017

Saturday, January 21, 2016

Ouray Ice
An ice climber in a snowstorm at the Ouray Ice Festival.

This weekend it was once again time for the annual Ouray Ice Festival. This is one of the few times of the year that I actually go out with the intention of photographing people at an event. Unfortunately, Diane woke up with a very bad cold this morning and decided to stay home, so I went by myself this year.

Snow was in the forecast for much of the day and it was snowing in the Grand Valley when I left home, but as soon as I got out of Mesa County the roads were good and dry the rest of the way to Ouray. As usual, I stopped at Mouse’s for a Mocha Shake before finishing the drive to the Ouray Ice Park for the event. When I first arrived the Mixed Climbing Competition had just started. While it’s fun to watch the Mixed Climbing Competition, I really enjoy photographing the other climbers around that aren’t competing. After a few hours spent watching and photographing the ice climbers it finally started to snow pretty heavily and that’s when I decided to head back home. Here are a few photos from the event…

Walking through the Vendor Show under Twin Peaks before the crowds started to show up.

Vendor Show

Having a stretch on the ice.


Ice Climbing

In The Chasm


Big Icicles

Surrounded By Ice

Tiny Climber

Can you find all six ice climbers in this photo?

Ouray Ice Park


Looking down on the Ice Festival from above.

Ouray Ice Festival

Flags hanging from the upper bridge.


Spectators on the lower bridge watching the Mixed Climbing Competition.


The Bridge

The upper portion of the competition route.


Going Up

Narrow Ice


Hanging Out

Hanging Out

The Announcer


Taking a big step on the competition route…

Big Step

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