2017 VALDEZ ICE CLIMBING FESTIVAL

The 2017 edition of the Valdez Ice Climbing Festival returns with more ice, more gear, and more fun.

Check out this video from our perennially popular Women's Clinic.

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Friday

Welcome reception & Mountainfilm, Valdez Civic Center, on the hill overlooking the harbor at 110 Clifton Court. Non-climbers rate: $10 at the door. Festival registration, single night film ticket sales, and beer garden opens at 6 p.m.; Films start at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday

Open Climbing 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Women's Beginner Clinic benefitting Advocates for Victims of Violence

Alaska Mountaineering School Clinics: Beginners and Intermediates

Dance Party with The Unfaithful Lovers. Non-climber tickets available at the door, Live music and silent auction. Non-climbers rate $10 at the door.

Sunday

Open Climbing 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Fast & Light Alpinism Clinic, presented by CAMP

Speed Climbing Competition, Noon

Bonfire Feast! Tickets include food, bonfire and entertainment. All ages. Starts at 6 p.m. Non-climbers rate $20 at the door.

Monday

Open Climbing starts at 9 a.m. 

Bridal Veil, ice; Tunnel Wall, dry tooling

11 a.m. Dry Tooling Competition, Tunnel Wall

A word about Gear and Gear Rentals

Ice Fest welcomes CAMP this year, bringing sets of shiny, new demo gear, Ice Fest participants should plan to bring their own gear (Boots, Crampons, Helmet and Harness) to the 2017 Valdez Ice Climbing Festival. 

Alaska Mountaineering & Hiking rental gear

Alaska Mountaineering and Hiking is offering a weekend package rental deal. If you already have your own helmet, you can rent gear at a reduced rate. You can call and reserve gear to pick it up on Thursday 2/16 and return it by Tuesday 2/21. This is an amazing deal offered exclusively to participants! Act fast, last year AMH ran out of gear quickly!

 

REGISTRATION

General Admission Tickets. Your ice fest registration includes daily open climbing from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Also includes entry to all evening social events: Mountainfilm, Silent Auction followed by Dance Party with The Unfaithful Lovers, the Sunday Bonfire Feast plus beer all weekend provided by Broken Tooth Brewing. 

Scroll to view all available clinics. There's lots this year! One final clinic we almost have sewn up will be a Photography Workshop with noted noted adventure photographers Ace Kvale and The CAMP Light and Fast Alpinism Clinic is all-inclusive meaning a full-access festival pass is included. All other clinics may be purchased a la carte.

 

DOES VALDEZ ICE FEST SIGNAL A RENAISSANCE FOR OUTDOORSY ALASKA TOWN? 

What do you think? Read this Alaska Dispatch News recap from 2016 by Loren Holmes.