Ouray Ice Festival Clinics

2015 Ouray Ice Festival Clinics

About the Ice Fest Clinics

  • The Ouray Ice Festival Clinic Schedule will be posted on Friday October 31, 2014!!  
  • OIP Membership Discount ($12 off clinics/seminars) is on the climber’s honor code! Not a member?? Click here to purchase your Ouray Ice Park Membership today!
  • A short description of each clinic/seminar and relative difficulty level will expand by clicking on the clinic title in the schedule. Keep in mind that you can’t go wrong with your clinic/seminar choice and no matter what your ability level you are certain to learn valuable info in each program!!

San Juan Mountain Guides is the Official Concessionaire of the Ouray Ice Park, and each year in collaboration with the Ouray Ice Park Inc., organizes over 80 unique, informative, cutting-edge ice and mixed climbing clinics and seminars. Each clinic/seminar is taught by a mixture of professional athletes and guides – each of whom represent the very best in knowledge and instruction about the clinics we have scheduled them to teach. The clinics are provided and sponsored by vendors such as Black Diamond, Outdoor Research, La Sportiva, The North Face, Patagonia, Mammut, Scarpa, Gore-Tex, and many many more.

How to Shop and Register for the Clinics

  • Use the tabs above to navigate and view the clinics and seminars that are offered on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday during the Ice Fest.

1 Cart Method

Click “Book this Clinic” where indicated and it will add that product to your cart. Go through each day and add the clinics or seminars you want to attend, then when you are done click on “View Cart” and go through the registration process. You will have the option to register multiple attendees when you register for the clinics.

Please do not hesitate to call us at 800.642.5389 or email us at icefestclinics@mtnguide.net with any questions!

About the Ouray Ice Festival

The Ouray Ice Festival, held each year in January in Ouray, CO, is an eclectic gathering of ice climbers, gear manufacturers, and ice climbing enthusiasts. The international Festival was first held in January 1996 and now is widely recognized as the premier event of its kind. Each year, familiar faces return to climb, socialize, test out the latest equipment, and watch the pros power their way up the latest competition route.

Ouray Ice Park

For the past sixteen years the Ouray Ice Festival has been the world’s premier ice climbing event.  This annual gathering is attended by ice climbers from around the world, as well as industry sponsors, inspiring speakers, and the world’s top exhibition climbers. Festival events are held in and around the Ouray Ice Park, located in the Uncompahgre Gorge in Ouray, Colorado, as well as various other venues around town. The event is staffed by the Park’s board of directors, its professional staff, and a cadre of over 200 dedicated volunteers. The festival is the primary fundraiser for Park maintenance and operations. The industry leaders that sponsor the festival not only support the Park itself, but also gain access to a passionate audience of over 3,000 outdoor enthusiasts.

I wanted to let you let you know about our recent trip to Ouray. We have used San Juan Mountain Guides every year since 2001 for our ice climbing about at the Ice Park and in the surrounding backcountry areas. This was our first year at the Ice Festival and what a great time it was! We know that every year SJMG will teach us and test us on the best climbs in the area. Thank you and your staff for everything and we look forward to seeing you guys next January. – G. Brauer. Ice Fest 2011

January 10, 2014 – AM Half Day Clinics

Below is a list of the half-day clinics that are available at the Ouray Ice Festival on Friday morning January 10, 2014. Click on the Clinic Title to view a short description of each clinic’s topic and relative difficulty level.

 

Clinic # Day Time Sponsor Athlete  
Registration
1
Fri
0900-1130
edelweiss
Kyle Dempster

Intermediate Ice

2
Fri
0900-1130
Aaron Mulkey 

Steep Ice

3
Fri
0900-1130
 
Jim Shimberg

Intermediate Ice

  Book This Clinic
1 spot 
4
Fri
0900-1130
 
Sam Elias

Novice Ice

  Clinic FULL
5
Fri
0900-1130
Jesse Huey

Intro to Ice

  CLINIC FULL
6
Fri
0900-1130
Pat Ormond

Intermediate Ice

  Book this Clinic 1 Spot
7
Fri
0900-1130
 
Doug Shepherd

Steep Ice Techniques

  CLINIC FUL
8
Fri
0900-1130
 
Jen Olson

Moderate Mixed

  CLINIC FUL
9
Fri
0900-1130
 
Carlos Buhler

Intro to Ice Leading

CLINIC FULL
10
Fri
0900-1130
Andres Marin

Intro to Ice

CLINIC FULL
11
Fri
0900-1130
 
Andrea Charest

Intro to Ice for Women

CLINIC FULL
12
Fri
0900-1130
 
Matt Wade

Intro to Ice

  CLINIC FULL
13
Fri
0900-1130
 
Conrad Anker

Advanced Ice

  CLINIC FULL
14
Fri
0900-1130
Chris Thomas

Intro to Ice

  CLINIC FULL
15
Fri
0900-1130
 
Mark Miller

Intermediate Ice – Footwork Fundamentals

15A
Fri
0900-1130
 trango-ice-fest
Brandon Groza

Intro to Ice Climbing

January 10, 2014 – PM Half Day Clinics

Below is a list of the half-day clinics that are available at the Ouray Ice Festival on Friday afternoon January 10, 2014. Click on the Clinic Title to view a short description of each clinic’s topic and relative difficulty level.

Clinic # Day Time Sponsor Athlete
Registration
16
Fri
1230-1500
Andrea Charest

Intermediate Ice

17
Fri
1230-1500
Kim Reynolds

Intermediate Ice – Women’s Specific


  CLINIC FULL
18
Fri
1230-1500
Carlos Buhler

Steep Ice Techniques


  CLINIC FULL
19
Fri
1230-1500
Mark Miller

Novice Ice – Focus on Your Footwork

CLINIC FULL
20
Fri
1230-1500
Jesse Huey

Skills for the Ice Leader


  CLINIC FULL
21
Fri
1230-1500
Heidi Wirtz

Intermediate Ice


  CLINIC FULL
22
Fri
1230-1500
Aaron Mulkey

Hard Ice


CLINIC FULL
23
Fri
1230-1500
Will Mayo

Moderate Mixed

  Book This Clinic 1 Spot
24
Fri
1230-1500
Chris Thomas

Novice Ice


  CLINIC FULL
25
Fri
1230-1500
Margo Talbot

Intro to Ice for Women

  CLINIC FULL
26
Fri
1230-1500
   Andres Marin

Intro to Ice

  CLINIC FULL
27
Fri
1230-1500
Willie Benegas

Novice Ice

  CLINIC FULL
28
Fri
1230-1500
Sam Elias

Advanced Ice

Clinic Full

29
Fri
1230-1500
Vince Anderson

Belays & Transitions for Multi-Pitch Ice

Clinic FULL
30
Fri
1230-1500
 
Dawn Glanc

Anchors

  Book this CLinic 1 Spot
31
Fri
1230-1500
  Steve House
Training for the New Alpinism

 31A Fri  1230-1500   Keith Garvey  
Intermediate Ice

  Clinic Full
 31S Fri  1230-1500   Jeff Mercier  
Climbing Fast on Ice

  Book This Clinic1 spot

January 11, 2014 – AM Half Day Clinics

Below is a list of the half-day clinics that are available at the Ouray Ice Festival on Saturday morning January 11, 2014. Click on the Clinic Title to view a short description of each clinic’s topic and relative difficulty level.

Clinic # Day Time Sponsor Athlete
Registration
32
Sat.
0900-1130
Dale Remsberg

Intermediate Ice

33
Sat.
0900-1130
Heidi Wirtz

Using your Hips for Max Balance and Security on Ice

Clinic Full
34
Sat.
0900-1130
Karen Bockel

Women’s Specific – Focus on Your Footwork


  CLINIC FULL
35
Sat.
0900-1130
Sheldon Kerr

Novice Ice

  Clinic Full
36
Sat.
0900-1130
Willie Benegas

Advanced Ice


  Clinic Full
37
Sat.
0900-1130
Janet Wilkinson

Intermediate Ice


  CLINIC FULL
38
Sat.
0900-1130
Steve House

Steep Ice Techniques


  CLINIC FULL
39
Sat.
0900-1130
Roger Strong

Intro to Ice Leading


  CLINIC FULL
40
Sat.
0900-1130
Majka Burhardt

Novice Ice


  Clinic Full
41
Sat.
0900-1130
Doug Shepherd

Moderate Mixed


CLINIC FULL
42
Sat.
0900-1130
Kitty Calhoun

Women’s Specific – Intro to Ice Leading


  Clinic FULL
43
Sat.
0900-1130
Eli Helmuth

Skills for the Ice Leader

Clinic Full

44
Sat.
0900-1130
silverton
TBD

Avy Awareness for Ice Climbers


Book This Clinic
2 spots
45
Sat.
0900-1030
Sarah Bourne

Yoga for Climbers


  Book This Clinic
46
Sat.
0900-1130
Angela Hawse

Belays & Transitions for Multi-Pitch Ice


January 11, 2014 – PM Half Day Clinics

Below is a list of the half-day clinics that are available at the Ouray Ice Festival on Saturday afternoon January 11, 2014. Click on the Clinic Title to view a short description of each clinic’s topic and relative difficulty level.

Clinic # Day Time Sponsor Athlete
Registration
47
Sat.
1230-1500
Angela Hawse

Ice Screw Placements & Anchors


48
Sat.
1230-1500
Willie Benegas

Intermediate Ice


  CLINIC FULL
49
Sat.
1230-1500
Karen Bockel

Women’s Movement Skills – Balance & Efficiency


  CLINIC FULL
50
Sat.
1230-1500
Eddie Espinoza

Leashless Climbing for the ChickenHearted


CLINIC FULL
51
Sat.
1230-1500
Emily Drinkwater

Intermediate Ice


CLINIC FULL
52
Sat.
1230-1500
Jim Shimberg

Advanced Ice


  Clinic FULL  
53
Sat.
1230-1500
Dale Remsberg

Leading Steep Ice


  CLINIC FULL
54
Sat.
1230-1500
Andrea Charest

Moderate Mixed for Women


  Clinic Full
55
Sat.
1230-1500
Heidi Wirtz

Intro to Ice Leading


CLINIC FULL
56
Sat.
1230-1500
Doug Shepherd

Advanced Ice

CLINIC FULL
57
Sat.
1230-1400
Jewell Lund

Novice Ice

  CLINIC FULL
58
Sat.
1230-1500
Eli Helmuth

V-Threads, Ice Screw Anchors, and Belay/Rappel Systems

CLINIC FULL
59
Sat.
1230-1500
TBD

Gear for Ice Climbing: From Outerwear to Ice Tools


January 12, 2014 – AM Half Day Clinics

Below is a list of the half-day clinics that are available at the Ouray Ice Festival on Sunday morning January 12, 2014. Click on the Clinic Title to view a short description of each clinic’s topic and relative difficulty level.

Clinic # Day Time Sponsor Athlete
Registration
60
Sun
0900-1130
Roger Strong

Intermediate Ice

61
Sun
0900-1130
Angela Hawse

Intermediate Ice – Moving with Efficiency


  CLINIC FULL
62
Sun
0900-1130
Mark Miller

Intermediate Ice – Footwork Fundamentals


  CLINIC FULL
63
Sun
0900-1130
Aaron Mulkey

Novice Ice

  CLINIC FULL
64
Sun
0900-1130
Doug Shepherd

Intro to Ice Climbing


  CLINIC FULL
65
Sun
0900-1130
Sam Elias

Intermediate Ice


  CLINIC FULL
66
Sun
0900-1130
Petzl Athlete

Steep Ice Techniques


CLINIC FULL
67
Sun
0900-1130
Keith Garvey

Leashless Climbing for the Chickenhearted


CLINIC FULL
68
Sun
0900-1130
Dawn Glanc

Belays & Transitions for Multi-Pitch Ice


  Book this CLINIC 1 spot
69
Sun
0900-1130
Kyle Dempster

Intermediate Mixed Climbing


  CLINIC FULL
70
Sun
0900-1130
Scott Adamson

Intro to Mixed Climbing


  CLINIC FULL
71
Sun
0900-1130
Markus Beck

Intro to Ice Climbing

CLINIC FULL
72
Sun
0900-1130
Dale Remsberg

Steep Ice Techniques


CLINIC FULL
73
Sun
0900-1130
Andres Marin

Intro to Mixed Climbing


74
Sun
0900-1130
Hayden Kennedy

Intermediate Ice


75
Sun
0900-1130
Steve House

Training for the New Alpinism


January 10 & 11, 2014 Full Day Seminars

Below is a list of the Full-Day Seminars that are available during the Ouray Ice Festival on Friday January 10, 2014 and Saturday January 11, 2014. Click on the Seminar Title to view a short description of each seminar’s topic and relative difficulty level.

Friday Full Day Seminars

Seminar # Day Time Sponsor Athlete    
Registration
A
Fri
0930-1500
Eli Helmuth

Intermediate Ice


B
Fri
0930-1500
Ben Clark

Novice Ice


CLINIC FULL
C
Fri
0930-1500
Emily Drinkwater

Intermediate Ice


  Clinic Full
D
Fri
0930-1500
Angela Hawse

Learn to Lead Ice


Clinic FULL
E
Fri
0800-1500
Mark Allen/Sheldon Kerr

Intro to BC Skiing – Red Mountain Pass


  Book This Clinic
F
Fri
0800-1500
Dale Remsberg

Backcountry Ice Climbing – Skylight Area



G
Fri
0800-1500
sjmg-ice-fest
Gary Falk

Self-Rescue Skills Clinic


 

Saturday Full Day Seminars

Seminar # Day Time Sponsor Athlete   
Registration
H
Sat
0930-1500
Matt Wade

Intro to Ice Climbing


I
Sat
0930-1500
Elliot Bates

Novice Ice


J
Sat
0930-1500
Markus Beck

Intermediate Ice


CLINIC FULL
K
Sat
0930-1500
Margo Talbot

Learn to Lead Ice


CLINIC FULL
L
Sat
0800-1500
Ben Clark

Intro to BC Skiing – Red Mountain Pass


  Book This Clinic
M
Sat
0800-1500
Mark Allen


Backcountry Skiing – The White Room


  Book This Clinic
N
Sat
0800-1500
trango-ice-fest
Brandon Groza

Backcountry Ice Climbing – Skylight Area


  CLINIC FULL
O
Sat
0800-1500
Carlos Buhler

Backcountry Ice Climbing – Silverton/Eureka Canyon


P
Sat
0800-1500
sjmg-ice-fest
Pat Ormond

Self-Rescue Skills Clinic

Ice Festival Clinics Information

  • The 2014 Festival Clinics will be held January 10, 11, & 12, 2014.
  • Clinic Schedules are available by navigating the tabs on this page, i.e. the “Fri. AM” tab corresponds to all the clinics that are available for registration on that day – Friday Morning, and so on and so forth for Saturday and Sunday.
  • Online Clinic Registration will begin at 0800 MST on Thursday November 14, 2013.
  • All registrations must be done online on this website using the secure registration process. Simply shop which clinics you would like to buy, click the “Book This Clinic” button, follow the prompts, submit your payment and you are registered. Registrations are non-refundable and subject to availability. Once a clinic or seminar fills with the max number of participants it will be sold out but you will have the option to add yourself to the wait list.

Please contact the Clinic Manager at icefestclinics@mtnguide.net with any questions.

Essential Info

  • If you are a Ouray Ice Park Individual Member for the 2013/2014 Season, you will receive $12 off each clinic or seminar.  There will be two prices to choose from during the check out process. Ice Park Members should choose the “OIP Member” price. All others should select the Non-OIP Members Price.  Selection of the OIP Members Price is on the climber’s honor code system!! 
  • Not a member?? Click here to purchase your Ouray Ice Park Membership today!

  • You will register and pay online, then receive a confirmation via email shortly afterwards. This means you registered for the clinics listed in that email. If you need to make changes to your registration, please contact us at icefestclinics@mtnguide.net and provide your order confirmation number.
  • In your confirmation email there will be a prompt to fill out our Acknowledgement of Risks and Liability Waiver Online. This must be done prior to the start of the Ouray Ice Festival or your space in the clinics will not be confirmed!!
  • There will be an additional Final Clinic Information email sent out to all clinic participants one week prior to the start of the Ice Fest on January 2, 2014.
  • Please note that there are no refunds for Ouray Ice Festival Clinics unless we are able to fill your spot on the clinic. If you need to cancel your clinic registration, please notify us by email and we will do our best to re-list your clinic spot so that it can be filled prior to the start of the ice fest. You will need to check back in with us after the ice fest to determine if we were able to fill your spot. If we are able to fill your spot, a voucher towards a future trip with SJMG (less a 15% re-booking fee) may be issued.

Clinic & Seminar Descriptions

Clinics are 2.5 hours long. There will be between 6-8 participants in each climbing clinic. Up to 10 in non-climbing clinics. These will be instructed by one Sponsor Athlete per clinic.

Seminars are 5.5 hours long. There will be 8 participants in each seminar. Seminars will be instructed by one Sponsor Athlete, there will also be a SJMG Guide assigned to each Seminar.

Clinics are $59, Seminars are $109.  Backcountry full day seminars are $159.  Ouray Ice Park Members will receive $12 off each clinic or seminar they register for.

Clinics will be held in the Schoolroom, Trestle, Kids Wall, Popsicle, Fingers, and Scottish Gullies areas. Seminars will be in South Park and the Sh!thouse Wall areas. All of these areas will be closed to the public and competitors all day Friday and Saturday, and until 12pm on Sunday.

At the Ice Fest:

Make sure you have all your gear together at least 15 minutes before the start of your clinic.To get a Festival gear card to demo gear from sponsors, go to the Festival Information Booth with your Driver’s License and Credit Card. Once you have your Gear Card, go to the different Sponsors to demo all of the required gear. We recommend you bring your own gear as well if you have it, especially harness and helmet.

Once you have all your gear together, go to the appropriate clinic sponsor tent. I.e. if you registered for Clinic #3 Intermediate Ice. La Sportiva. Will Mayo. FRI 0900 – Go To the La Sportiva tent at 0845 with your gear, ready to sign a release form and head out.

REQUIRED PARTICIPANT EQUIPMENT LIST (for climbing, anchor, and other on-rope clinics)

UIAA Certified Climbing Helmet
UIAA Certified Climbing Harness
2 Ice Tools
Crampons
Ice Climbing Boots
Belay Device and locking Carabiner

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