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Hooray for Ouray!

Posted on: January 14th, 2011 by Luke Bauer

Sunburn Breakfast speaker Jim Davidson. Photo Courtesy Erik Lambert

Unseasonably warm temperatures prior to the 16th Annual Ouray Ice Festival may have scared off some out-of-towners, but they didn’t frighten the AAC. New staffers Erik Lambert and Luke Bauer held true to their word, cavorting about in yellow one-piece suits on Saturday while promoting the 2011 Ouray Haiku Contest and covering the competition live via Twitter. While the ice was thinner than in prior years, the conditions provided an excuse to practice technique and really put demo gear to the test.

The first-ever AAC Ouray Haiku contest was a success. Almost a hundred clinic-goers and online readers entered poems that ranged from sublime to not-really-quite-a-haiku. All poems appeared on Facebook, where our users cast hundreds of votes for their favorites. Congratulations to Brian J. Glenn of Massachusetts for his winning entry:

Ouray festival
A celebration of ice
And those who climb it

His prize, an Arc’teryx Blade 15 backpack/laptop bag is already in the mail. The staff also picked their favorite poem, an imaginative poem by Brian Olson (lots of Brians winning contests here):

AAC Staffer Luke Bauer trading clothing at the Chicks with Picks booth. Photo Courtesy Luke Bauer

Winter’s beard awaits
Climbers scratch and claw their way
Above, hope holds the axe

Brian, your email address came back as undeliverable! If you’re reading, please email the Club for your prize as well.

After the Petzl Zombie Party on Saturday night, the Club hosted the 5th Annual Sunburn Breakfast. Dozens partook in a hearty breakfast and enjoyed a presentation by Club member Jim Davidson, who related his harrowing story of loss and survival while descending Mt. Rainier’s Liberty Ridge. Thanks to Jim, his partners, and the staff of the Ouray Brewery for putting together the breakfast this year.

To everyone who competed in our Haiku Contest or stopped by the booth to chat, thank you. And a huge congratulations goes to Josh Wharton for his third straight competition win, an unlikely achievement given a significant back injury last spring.

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