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Bozeman Ice Festival 2019

A gathering of climbers from all over the world

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Every winter, the Bozeman Ice Festival draws participants with excellent climbing experience in Bozeman, Montana, parties, film screenings, discussions, and seminars. The Bozeman Ice Climbing Festival organized by Black Diamond was initiated back in the 1990s with two independent ice climbing events in Hyalite Canyon that besides climbing offered an array of activities to educate climbers. The organizations changed over two decades, and since 2018 the Ice Climbing Alliance has been running the Bozeman Ice Festival.

Athlete Nikki Smith leading a beginner clinic during the Bozeman Ice Fest. 2019
Athlete Nikki Smith leading a beginner clinic during the Bozeman Ice Fest.
Clinic participant climbing G2 during the Bozeman Ice Fest. 2019
Clinic participant climbing G2 during the Bozeman Ice Fest.

Bozeman Ice Festival features a self-rescue all-day clinic, a youth climbing clinic, and women's clinic. Dozens of participants climb together in the canyon and socialize at the Black Diamond Advanced Base Camp. Every night there is a dinner party at Emerson Ballroom in Bozeman. Every year during the festival, Mugs Stump Award goes to individual climbers and teams with unique alpine climbing objectives. There is also UIAA North American Ice Climbing Championships on the agenda. The Adventure Film Festival is one of the highlights of Bozeman. Emerson Crawford Theater offers an exciting series of films, evening shows.

Climber Craig Pope. Climb The Matriarch. 2019
Climber Craig Pope. Climb The Matriarch.

Bozeman is located in the Rocky Mountains of Southern Montana. It's known for the Siebel Dinosaur Complex featuring a T. rex collection and lots of skiing, biking, and hiking trails.

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