North Vancouver BC: The 17th Annual Arc’teryx Bozeman Ice Climbing Festival gets set to welcome international climbers to the first festival of the season. Running December 11-15 2013, it’s a world class event in an arena where new techniques, ground-breaking ascents, and the hardest mixed routes in the 21st century have become legendary.
Committed to presenting first-rate clinics, unique speakers and films, the Arc’teryx Bozeman Ice Festival heralds from the traditional history of ice climbing while embracing modern trends in mixed climbing.
Considered to be one of the richest and most important climbing heritages in the world, Hyalite Canyon is home to the longest season of accessible ice in America (from December to April). Located just 30 minutes from Bozeman MT, these formations are the stage for full day clinics, workshops and other events.
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Special presentations scheduled this year include Arc’teryx Athlete Ines Papert from Germany and Dave McLeod from Scotland. Papert is a 3-time World Champion and the first female to climb M11. McLeod has authored the world’s hardest traditional rock and mixed climbs including the unrepeated Echo Wall on the legendary Ben Nevis. Also on hand at various clinics will be Arc’teryx Athlete Will Gadd.
Other special events include a farmer’s market style festival called the “Urban Base Camp,” open to local and industry vendors and featuring climbing gear demos and unique Masters Clinics.
Year round, Hyalite Canyon is the most frequently used Forest Service canyon in the entire state of Montana. Proceeds from the festival go directly toward the unique collaboration that exists between members of the public, US Forest Service and County government to fund reliable entry into the area.
A final festival schedule and live broadcast times can be found at www.bozemanicefestival.com