Upslope Rocked the Ouray Ice Festival!

Ouray Ice Park - Nate Luebbe

Ouray Ice Park // Photo credit Nate Luebbe

Every year, the Ouray Ice Park hosts a huge fundraiser to benefit the park and get climbers of every level together from all over the world. It’s no secret the Upslope staffers enjoy getting after it in the great outdoors – that’s why Upslope is the official beer sponsor of the Ouray Ice Park and loves supporting this fest! We sent a few staffers out to Ouray to climb ice, have fun, and of course, share some delicious Upslope suds.

“I always love going down to Ouray!” says tap room staffer, Anthony. “The town and its people are great, not to mention the added benefit of having a world class ice park walking distance from town.”

The Upslope crew started their days early in the canyon and climbed until the afternoon. In the evenings, they got to pour beer for some awesome folks while listening to some of the best female alpinists share their experiences.

 

“I really enjoyed meeting people from around the world and having the opportunity to share an awesome beer with them,” Anthony continues, “It was awesome seeing some of the world’s best ice climbers and new, aspiring climbers from around the world in one place climbing hard and drinking Upslope.”

 

 

Upslope crew gettin’ after it! // Photo credit Anthony Orig

 

Former Upsloper, Lauren Wilson, crushing! // Photo credit Nate Luebbe

 

Ouray Ice Fest winner Ryan Vachon - Cole Karchner

2016 Ouray Ice Festival competition winner, Ryan Vachon, celebrating with an Upslope Oatmeal Stout

Ouray Ice Park

 

About Ouray Ice Park //  Each year a committed group of volunteers and staff unite to transform the beautiful Uncompahgre Gorge into an ice climbing mecca. Beginning in November, Ice Farmers spray water down the canyon walls of the Uncompahgre Gorge resulting in the creation of awe-inspiring walls of ice. With the utilization of overflow water from the City of Ouray and more than 150 sprinklers, the Ice Farmers diligently work to bring both adventure and tranquility to those seeking respite from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Within a one mile span of the Uncompahgre Gorge the Ouray Ice Park contains over 200 manmade ice and mixed climbs, 14 distinct climbing areas, and three miles of vertical terrain. Since its inception more than two decades ago, the Ouray Ice Park has become a premier destination for climbers, travelers and outdoor enthusiasts from around the world.