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Lake City Ice Climbing Festival Set for Feb. 4, 2012, in Colorado
It is the season for ice climbing and ice climbing festivals. If you are an ice climbing enthusiast you may want to consider grabbing your crampons and heading to Lake City, Colo., the week of Feb. 4, 2012. The town is hosting its Annual Ice Climbing Festival at that time.
Here are a few details to help you plan your trip:
About the Ice Climbing Festival
The one day festival will be held at the Lake City Ice Park. The Lake City Ice Park is located off State Highway 149, roughly one hour south of Gunnison. It is a maintained ice climbing area nestled within the San Juan Mountains and features over 10 ice climbing routes. Some of mixed grade climbs feature 100-foot pitches and bolted anchors. There will be both timed lead and top rope competitions as part of the festival. Those interested in competing will need to cough up a $20 entry fee and be on site by 10 a.m. to register. In addition to the competitive events, festival goers may expect opportunities to win door prizes and enjoy refreshments. Admission to the festival site is gratis. A signed liability waiver is required from all ice climbers.
Suggestions for Travelers
Out-of-town visitors should note that many of the lodging facilities in Lake City are closed during the winter months. One facility that is open is the Backcountry Basecamp. It is located less than 10 minutes from the festival site and offers special rates to ice climbers. The rooms have a rustic appeal but also feature modern amenities, like IPOD docking stations and WIFI. Prices start at $43 a night.
Another option for the hearty souls among us is the Hinsdale Haute Route yurts. There are only four yurts available for rent and they are accessible by backcountry ski routes. The yurts are insulated, furnished and may accommodate up to eight people. Heat is garnered by a wood stove and lanterns are your lighting source. Be warned, when nature calls you'll need to venture to the nearby out-yurt to answer her. Prices typically start at $110 a night and advance reservations are required. If you have the time you may want to stay a little longer in Lake City.
Other than ice climbing, winter sports in the area include snowmobiling, snowshoeing, ice fishing and backcountry skiing. There is a Winter Festival that includes those sporting events planned for Feb. 11 through Feb. 19, 2012.
My family enjoys winter sports and has traveled extensively.
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