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Climb Some Ice, Pen Some Poems

Posted on: December 26th, 2010 by Luke Bauer

At Ouray This Year
Axes, Crampons, Poetry
Send Us Your Haikus!

Ouray Ice Festival. Photo Courtesy Luke Bauer

Despite a shaky start to the season, the Ouray Ice Park is finally in great climbing condition. And the AAC’s newest staffers, Erik Lambert and Luke Bauer, couldn’t be more ready to swing some tools with you at the Ouray Ice Festival, January 6-9, 2011. Look for Erik and Luke in matching yellow one-piece suits—they’ll be climbing, tweeting live competition results, and encouraging you to enter the Club’s first-ever Ouray Ice Festival Haiku Contest.

You can enter the contest by composing a beautiful or hilarious haiku about the Ouray Ice Festival. (A haiku is a traditional Japanese poem with three lines: five syllables in the first, seven in the second, and five in the third.) Submissions will be accepted in person at the festival and through a special email address (to be revealed on the AAC Facebook page) starting January 6. The best poem will be chosen by our Facebook community, and the winner will score some free gear.

The Club will host the fifth annual AAC Sunburn Breakfast at 9 a.m. on Sunday morning for a limited number of climbers. Learn more at the AAC booth.

For those of you unable to travel to the festival this year, Erik and Luke will keep you updated via Twitter—on your PC or mobile—during Saturday’s competition. Follow the AAC on Twitter.

More information on the 2011 Ouray Ice Festival is available at ourayicefestival.com. Stay tuned to Inclined and Facebook for undead climbing pics from the Festival’s Saturday evening Zombie party.

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