The Arc’teryx Bozeman Ice Climbing Festival, held December 11-15, 2013 was the biggest and best yet in our 17 year history. Featuring the inaugural UIAA North American Ice Climbing Championships at the Emerson Cultural Center, more than three dozen athletes from eight countries competed for $6,800 in prize money.
Hyalite Canyon, home to the longest season of accessible ice in America, is home to over 250 ice and mixed climbs and since the road began getting plowed in 2008, it has become a international destination, drawing hundreds of climbers to Bozeman from around the world from Halloween to the end of March. Over 80% of the participants in the 2013 festival came from out of state with volunteers from as far as Ontario, Canada.
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Dozens of climbers, volunteers and sponsors contributed in many ways to celebrate Bozeman, Hyalite Canyon and help host the biggest and best ice climbing festival in the country. Together, we raised over $9,000 for the 501(c)3 Friends of Hyalite road plowing fund to help keep Hyalite Canyon open in winter and enjoyable for all.
Please thank these local companies and groups who make it all happen:
Lhoss Construction, Mystery Ranch, Voke Tab, Emerson Cultural Center, Bozeman School District #7, Gallatin National Forest, Gallatin County Search & Rescue, Gallatin Avalanche Center, Bozeman Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Bozeman Association, Polar Bears International, First West Insurance, DJAJ Audiovisual Solutions,Simkins-Hallin, T&D Masonry Inc., Alaskan Brewing, Seacat Creative, The Spokane Mountaineers Ben Herndon Photography, Jason Thompson Photography, Oracle Film Group, Outside Bozeman, Max Lowe Media, The Mazamas, Promotions West, Northern Lights Trading Co, REI, The Emerson Grill, Roost, Sola Cafe, Plonk, DJ Trey, Western Heritage Inn, Lewis & Clark Motel, Bozeman Brick, F11 Photo, Wicked Cool Ice, Montana Party Rental, Titan Rentals, Rocky Mountain Security Service, The Ice House, Montana Ale Works, Bozeman Running Company, Crossing Latitudes, Inc., Insty Prints, Hyalite Equipment, Spire Climbing, Bozeman Center for Healing Arts, Personalize It, Khumbu Climbing Center, First Security Bank, Copper Whisky Bar, McDermott Financial, The Zebra, The Bear Canyon Singers, Bozeman Mayor Sean Becker, County Commissioner Steve White.
A special shout out to these folks who helped with the festival and are a big part of the fabric that makes Bozeman such a special community:
Pat Callis, Conrad Anker, Pamela Hainsworth, Rich Searle, Rick Alexander, Liz Layne, Hannah Arm, Marko Pujic, Dana Weller, Stephen Halvorson, Alan Oram, Hilary Eisen, Emily Reinsel, Dylan Taylor, Greg Caracciolo, Peter Caracciolo, Bud Martin, Daniel Burson, Scott Adamson, Adam Knoff, Rick Emerson, Brian Martin, Francine Spang Willis, Joshua Garrigues, Doug Chabot, Jeff Ho, Dustin Fric, Willem Ossorio, Becca Skinner, Casey Williams, Blaine Hebner, Lindsey Klouser, Rachel Johnston, Alex Lussier, Rusty Willis, Echo Oak, Lauren Flynn, Laura Jones, Gabrielle Antonioli, Cloe Erickson, Felicia Ennis, Amber Jean, Sam Hennessey, and many others.
Save the date! The 2014 Bozeman Ice Fest will be December 10-14 , 2014. Competitor & clinic registration begins October 1. To volunteer at, support or sponsor the 18th Annual Bozeman Ice Festival, December 10-14, 2014, please contact Joe Josephson at email@example.com
Rock and Ice and Gripped, The Climbing Magazine, posted the results of the U.I.A.A. North American Championships.
Attend virtually by viewing Rafal Andronowski’s photo collection of BIF 2013.
Watch Joe Josephson’s short film on the birth of waterfall rock climbing in Hyalite, starring Pat Callis, Yvon Chouinard, and Pat Wolfe. Check out the gear they used to use!