14 Nov 17th Annual Arc’teryx Bozeman Ice Festival
The competitive ice climbing season begins this year with the opening of athlete registration for the first UIAA Open North American Championships in Bozeman, Montana (U.S.A). The competition takes place 13 – 15 December as part of the 17th Annual Arc’teryx Bozeman Ice Festival, near Hyalite Canyon. The area is famous for having the longest season of accessible ice in America, a season that stretches from late October until April. The late Alex Lowe made the area famous for its traditional ice and mixed climbing and is now home to over 225 routes in a five square kilometre area, and also home to some of the hardest non-drilled dry tool routes anywhere, up to M12+.
Bozeman Ice Festival is not yet part of the UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup Tour, but UIAA Ice Climbing Commission officials are working with organizers to ensure that it is compatible with UIAA tour which takes place in Korea, Italy, France, Romania and Russia every year between January and March.