Ouray Ice: Power And Skill At 2016 Ice Climbing Fest

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Thirty-three climbers from around the world competed in the 2016 Ouray Ice Festival. Only one — Ryan Vachon — made it to the top of the “killer-challenging” route. This video highlights the power, skill, and sketchy nature of mixed ice climbing.

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