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GET YOUR PICKS SHARPENED UP FOR THE 2012 NIPIGON ICE CLIMBING FESTIVAL

Posted on: January 9th, 2012 by Great Lakes Section

[Ed. The AAC got an email about the upcoming Nipigon Ice Festival, and we figured we post the pertinent bits here so AAC Members within driving distance could start planning. Of course, Nipigon isn't really within driving distance of anywhere convenient, but we're all climbers, right? Used to really really long drives? Of course. And why not head north?]

The Nipigon Ice Fest is back and will be held Friday March 2 to Sunday March 4, 2012 in the township of Nipigon and local ice climbing areas of Orient Bay, Kama Bay, and Paradice. There are events this year for all levels of climbers as well as non-climbers. Festival events include Friday and Saturday night climbing slideshows, gear swap, door prizes and several ice climbing clinics on world-renowned Nipigon area ice. This years’ climbing clinics will be for beginners, intermediate, mixed and women’s intro to ice climbing.

“We are enthusiastic to get the Nipigon Ice Fest back up and running. It’s been a couple of years off and we have been anxious to show off the world-class climbing opportunities in Northwestern Ontario,” says Kara Bremer, Nipigon Ice Fest coordinator. “There is a group of us that make the pilgrimage up to Nipigon from the Midwest states every winter to experience the high level of climbing here and now it’s time to expose new people to this sport and celebrate the quality of ice climbing here.”

For those interested in participating in a clinic or any of the other events can register online at www.nipigonicefest.com. Climbing gear will be available for rent and there will be climbing gear company representatives on site throughout the festival to show off their goods. A list of area accommodations and restaurants are also listed on the website. For more information on this years’ event visitwww.nipigonicefest.com.

For more information:

www.nipigonicefest.com

Kyra Bremer, Nipigon Ice Fest Coordinator

kyrabremer@hotmail.com

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