One of the coolest and coldest competitions in the state kicks off this week in Ouray.
The Ouray ice festival attracts some of the best competitive ice climbers from around the world to compete on crazy sick overhanging mixed climbs. The iced-up setting in a narrow gorge just outside town makes for excellent viewing. Grab a rim-side seat and prepare to cringe as these climbers somehow clamber up impossible ice falls.
Better yet: Sign on to one of the clinics for beginners taught by world-class mountaineers. There is no better time to visit Ouray, because even after the climbing stops, these guys really know how to party.
Check out schedules here.