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#1152639 - 11/25/16 04:02 PM Valdez ice climbing festival 2/17/2017
Dre Offline

Registered: 08/13/10
Posts: 23
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Anyone been to the small but growing Valdez ice climbing festival? any first hand opinions?

Thinking of jaunting up there in February, for the festival and possible alpine objective.

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#1152722 - 12/02/16 11:12 PM Re: Valdez ice climbing festival 2/17/2017 [Re: Dre]
climbingcoastie Offline

Registered: 05/13/04
Posts: 58
TRs: 9 Photos: 160
Loc: Sacramento, CA
Skipped last year, but went the two previous years. Great time! I highly reccomend it. Plenty of ice to keep you busy for weeks.

It's cheaper to fly into Anchorage and rent a car and drive to Valdez. Yea, it is a 5hr drive but it would save a ton!

If you have any specific questions feel free to ask.

#1152948 - 12/31/16 10:48 AM Re: Valdez ice climbing festival 2/17/2017 [Re: climbingcoastie]
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Registered: 08/14/02
Posts: 484
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Loc: Idaho
My wife and I are going this year. I have heard nothing but positive reviews of the climbing and festival. We are flying to valdez due to using air miles for tickets. Otherwise I have heard that the Anchorage rental car tactic is best.

#1152968 - 01/03/17 05:27 PM Re: Valdez ice climbing festival 2/17/2017 [Re: Dre]
Dre Offline

Registered: 08/13/10
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I just singed up for the Intermediate & fast alpine clinics.. so i guess I'm going. Hope to run into you and climb!

#1153036 - 01/09/17 01:22 PM Re: Valdez ice climbing festival 2/17/2017 [Re: Dre]
Jake_Gano Offline

Registered: 11/07/02
Posts: 332
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Loc: Anchorage, AK
You will have fun. It's a great chance to hang on some pitches steeper than you can lead to work technique. Dress warm and pack whiskey - there is a lot of standing around waiting your turn to climb.


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