Re-mixed: Can Ryan Vachon Repeat at the Ouray Ice Fest Comp?

2016 Ouray Ice Festival climbing competition winner Ryan Vachon stands atop the the podium at the awards ceremony.
Photo – Brian Threlkeld

 

For the 2016 Ouray Ice Festival Elite Mixed Climbing Competition winner, the secret to success was all in his head. We tapped him this week for training advice in the lead up to the 2017 event. What we ended up with was a peak into a philosophy that pays dividends in any outdoor pursuit.

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Learn to Ice Climb: The Startup Plan

Ambassador Matt Ritter in Hyalite Canyon, Montana | Photo: Brian Threlkeld

By Sam Magro, Owner & Chief Guide at Montana Alpine Guides

So you are intrigued by ice climbing, but it seems inherently “dangerous” and or way too expensive? It can be both of these things, however it can also be as safe as taking a Sunday stroll and not so expensive to try. There are several great ways to learn to ice climb, here’s how to get started.
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Ouray Ice Festival 2017: Ice Climbing Instruction at Its Best

It’s hard to believe, but the 2017 Ouray Ice Festival is coming right up. In just two short months, the world’s best ice climbers will descend on one of the world’s best ice climbing destinations for the weekend of January 19-22.

If you’ve been to Ouray before, you know the highlights: on-ice gear demos, the two-day contest, rubbing shoulders with pros from around the world and, of course, 100+ clinics for climbers of all levels taught by the best in the biz.

Ouray Ice Festival

For now, that last bit is the kicker—these are some of the most in-demand ice climbing instruction sessions out there and they fill up fast. Sign-ups kick off Thursday, November 17 at 8am Mountain Standard time. As always, Hyperlite Mountain Gear will be there en force with our ultralight ice climbing packs and a special series of clinics taught by our climbing and mountaineering ambassadors. Here’s a quick overview of what’s happening, when. Take care of your registration and get dreaming about all of that fresh, clean ice that awaits you.

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2016 Ouray Ice Festival Preview

Angela Van Wiemeersch competing in the 2015 Ouray Ice Fest comp.
 A competitor at the 2015 Ouray Ice Fest comp. “Van Stein” uses our 2400 Dyneema® Ice Pack.

The Ouray Ice Festival in Ouray, Colo, starts this week (January 14 to 17). The focus of the 21st annual festival will be women in ice climbing, with an all female lineup of presenters including Hyperlite Mountain Gear Ambassador Angela VanWiemeersch. During the day at the Ouray Ice Park there are comps, clinics and seminars hosted by top tier climbers, plus gear expos, slide shows, dancing, food and lots of beer drinking (after climbing, of course). This festival is the largest of it’s kind in North America, and we’re proud to be attending for our second year. Keep your eye out for our tent, and be sure to swing by to demo some of our gear (make sure you get your gear card). Also, sign up for clinics with our ambassadors: Jayson Simons-Jones, Ryan Vachon, Scott Adamson and Janette Heung. Click <a href=

The Bozeman Ice Festival

Bozeman Ice Festival

Bozeman Ice Fest Basics

For more than 19 years, ice climbers of all levels of expertise from all over the world have come together at the Bozeman Ice Festival to climb, eat and check out gear. The festival typically happens the first or second week of December, and features a myriad of climbing-related events and parties, including the UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup. Hyperlite Mountain Gear makes a point of showing up to support our athlete ambassadors who converge to compete and instruct the on-site workshops (see below in the “Clinics” section for details).

“Bozeman Ice Fest is one of my absolute favorite events,” says Hyperlite Mountain Gear CEO Mike St. Pierre. “The ice climbing in Hyalite Canyon and surrounding areas is excellent. And the event itself offers both newcomers to the sport and more advanced climbers some great opportunity to learn from the best ice climbers in the world and to see the most cutting-edge gear made in the industry.”

If you are at the festival, feel free to swing by our booth to visit with Mike or our ambassadors and check out our new gear or demo an 2400 Ice Pack. To learn more about the festival check out the Bozeman Ice Fest website. Read More

Himalaya Ice Climbing

Bud Martin slogging upslope in the Himalayas.

By Bud Martin

It started something like this: I was lounging on a rainy day in Yosemite about a year ago when I somewhat sarcastically said to my buddy Nick, “Hey, we should go ice climbing in Nepal someday.” His response took me off guard as he immediately responded with, “Sounds great! How about next January?” And that’s how it began. We saved some cash, bought two plane tickets and gathered up our gear.

We flew into Kathmandu and neither of us had any experience with the logistics or the planning pertaining to climbing in such a remote place for an extended period of time, but we figured we’d just wing it. We didn’t bring enough food. We got off the bus in the wrong city (along with our 330 pounds of equipment). And for the first week, nothing went as planned. But as is often the case when traveling in this part of the world, it wasn’t so bad as you remember to forget the expectations and just go with the flow. Next thing we knew we were in a Nepalese valley full of frozen waterfalls capped with big peaks. Yippie…we arrived and we were ready for some Himalaya ice climbing! Read the rest of the article.

Telluride, Co – Cornett Falls in Fat Conditions WI 4

Hyperlite Mountain Gear founder Mike St. Pierre spent the day putting the 2400 Ice Packs to work while climbing with Clay Wadman of Diamond Productions and Jon Miller of Jagged Edge at Cornett Falls in Telluride, Colorado.

Clay Wadman and Jon Miller unpacking their Hyperlite Mountain Gear 2400 Ice Packs and racking up. Photo by Mike St.Pierre
Clay Wadman leading Cornett Falls with the Hypelite Mountain Gear 2400 Ice pack
Clay Wadman leading Cornett Falls with the Hypelite Mountain Gear 2400 Ice pack. Photo taken by Jon Miller
Hyperlite Mountain Gear Founder Mike St.Pierre on Cornett Falls in Telluride, Colorado. Photo taken by Jon Miller