Ice Climbing Festival - L'Argentiere

Ice Climbing Festival - L'Argentiere

ICE 2011 - the legendary L'Argentiere Ice Climbing Festival - 14,15,16 January 2011
This ice festival, the largest in Europe and now in its 18th year, was first created by local Ice legend Gerard Pailheiret who sadly died last year from cancer. I worked closely with Gerard
and he was a great inspiration to me as he was for all those who knew him. His fantastic website continues to offer up to the minute information on the state of all ice falls in the Ecrins Massif and Queyras.

This event is a MUST SEE for all those who want to learn how to ice climb or are just in search of new ice challenges in one of Europe's best ice climbing venues - The Ecrins Massif.

The new centre for ICE 2011, located in the heart of L'Argentiere will provide a warm and cosy meeting point to hang up your tools at the end of the day! The event centre will be open
throughout the festival to inform you of upcoming events and to offer advice and testing on different equipment brands.

This year, once again, the ice climbing training offered to outsiders will be an event priority. In association with the FFCAM, a whole array of initiation and expert workshops will be open
to those registered for the event.
Specialist workshops include:
-Beginner to expert climbing instruction
-Dry tooling
-Equipment and clothing plus specialist protection workshops
-Transceiver and rescue techniques

The Mountaineering guides of the Ecrins' Guides' office will be around throughout the festival to offer advice on where to climb and what is in condition and more importantly what is not!
This year once again, the artificial icefall of Argentiere La Bessée will be set up throughout the week to offer ice climbing and dry tooling initiation sessions free of charge (open to

adults and children from the age of 12 years and upwards).
Naturally, Fournel and Freissinieres valleys will be cleared of snow and accessible to all those registered for the event and already familiar with the sport.
Unsupervised workshops for beginners will be possible, with ropes rigged up on site

The Big Air free ride show
This  free style ski event promises to light up the frosty night sky (heats will take place earlier in the day) and skiers will participate by invitation only.
All those present at last year's ICE were thoroughly mesmerised by night-time dry-tooling/Big Air free ride show. Back again with double the energy, the 'open to all' competition will benefit from a new wall, a bigger ski jump and even more prestigious guests than ever before!

The Dry Tooling Competition
Open heats held in a natural location. A whole range of routes from M2 to M10 will decide who qualifies for the finals.
Prize money (€1500 to be divided up) plus raffle prizes up for grabs!
Full details on ICE 2011 at this site:


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