The Ouray Ice Festival at @ourayicepark
is about way more than just climbing, competing, and new gear. It's also about learning, sharing, opportunity, community, and celebration. We had the opportunity to get to personally know more of the @fullcircleeverest
team and to hear your amazing stories. Shoutout to Phil Henderson for your ongoing outdoor leadership efforts with Full Circle Expeditions - increasing diversity and opportunity in the outdoors. Shoutout to @conrad_anker
for supporting this effort and others like it, and coming out to the ice fest - it was a pleasure to meet you. Also props to @realwillgadd
for your informative fireside chat.
There was also lots of hands on climbing learning going on. There were great clinics, but there was also climbing support going on at the kids wall for new climbers, and Linkup Point pitched in to setup routes, belay, and mentor in Between the Bridges and Scottish gullies for those that were ready for lowering into the canyon and climbing up and out. That's a little intimidating at first, but so rewarding. Awesome to see so many firsts.
Our mission at Linkup Point is to increase sports and recreation participation and progression for all. We're a public benefit company to stay focused on that. We feel like kindred spirits with these non-profits creating opportunity for all in the outdoors. On that note, shoutout to @alwayschooseadventures @negusinnature @americanalpine @friendsofcaic @sjma_co
for what you do for outdoor opportunity and stewardship, and reaching out here at the Ice Fest.
And finally, the parties....no climbing festival would be complete without the climber parties. Great time to let loose and celebrate!
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