Bozeman Ice Climbing World Cup Competition 2014 – 2015

It’s finally happening. The anticipation, the hard work, the dreams to make it a reality, and it’s all coming together in Bozeman this December! Ever since I competed in my first ice climbing competition in Ouray, in 2003, I’ve always wanted to have a world cup ice climbing event come to the USA. It’s been a long series of around the world tours for 2-3 months of every year for the past 5 years for me. Getting older, thwarting off injuries, financial and other hardships, while making a life as a guide and a physician assistant to sustain my insatiable appetite for mixed climbing, has been quite a journey. All the time, wanting the sport that I love to grow into a world-wide event!

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For sure, participating in the Sochi Olympics Ice Demo to help spread the word, appears to have paid off in large dividends. Already, I see so many more people dry tool climbing, making dry tool crags, and enjoying the future of a very fun style of climbing. For now, the future is upon us!

For the USA, we held the first-ever North American Championships last year in Bozeman. Those who participated in this competition will pull rank for one of the 16 spots in two fields: Lead/Difficulty, and Speed. Each athlete must be licensed to compete in the UIAA Competitions with the American Alpine Club in order compete. The remaining spots will be open on a first-come, first-serve basis. We want to fill every spot.

It’s finally happening. The anticipation, the hard work, the dreams to make it a reality, and it’s all coming together in Bozeman this December! Ever since I competed in my first ice climbing competition in Ouray, in 2003, I’ve always wanted to have a world cup ice climbing event come to the USA. It’s been a long series of around the world tours for 2-3 months of every year for the past 5 years for me.

Getting older, thwarting off injuries, financial and other hardships, while making a life as a guide and a physician assistant to sustain my insatiable appetite for mixed climbing, has been quite a journey. All the time, wanting the sport that I love to grow into a world-wide event! silhouette_beverly_mixed_comp For sure, participating in the Sochi Olympics Ice Demo to help spread the word, appears to have paid off in large dividends. Already, I see so many more people dry tool climbing, making dry tool crags, and enjoying the future of a very fun style of climbing. For now, the future is upon us! For the USA, we held the first-ever North American Championships last year in Bozeman. Those who participated in this competition will pull rank for one of the 16 spots in two fields: Lead/Difficulty, and Speed. Each athlete must be licensed to compete in the UIAA Competitions with the American Alpine Club in order compete. The remaining spots will be open on a first-come, first-serve basis. We want to fill every spot.

Details for the competition will be updated regularly on the Bozeman web site (click here),

This will be the biggest ice climbing competition to ever be held in the Western Hemisphere. It’s going to be massive. More foreign climbers will be competing in this competition than are usually even present in North America at any one time.

Here’s a start-up list for those who are already qualified from last year’s NA Championships.

Roster.pdf Roster for Bozeman IWC and NAC 2014- 2015 for USA.

It’s going to be an awesome winter and a an incredible kick-start in Bozeman! Hope to see you all there for clinics, competition, or social events!

Marc Beverly