Sandstone Ice Fest wrap-up
A big thanks to everyone who made it to the Sandstone Ice Festival. Climbers from as far away as Arkansas, Texas and Las Vegas showed up to climb in Sandstone MN.
This was the fifth year of the festival; Dawn Glanc was the guest speaker, there were some awesome sponsors, and there is a very good possibility of an ice park coming soon.
Having a world class athlete as the guest speaker was a new feature for the event. Dawn Glanc was great, she hung out all three days of the event, giving climbing tips and encouraging everyone tied to a rope. Her slide show was excellent and inspiring, covering the dream of a beginner to the winning of the 2009 Ouray Ice Festival.
As the Sandstone Ice Festival grows, so does the sponsors list. Demo gear showed up from Black Diamond, La Sportiva, Scarpa and Petzle. Ski Pulks were also made available by designer Ed Bouffard.Cozy, warm demo parks were provided by Mt Hard Ware.
Thanks to all the sponsors that donated goodies to the door prizes: Atomiks, Mad Rock, Redpoint Nutrition and all the other sponsors that added to the fun.
Thanks to Peace Coffee and Surly for providing beverage samples, and yes there was Darkness.
Even though the ice was thin this year, everyone was having a great time climbing and enjoying the winter. The community support of the festival is strong and steps are being made to make ice farming possible in the near future.
Sandstone Ice Festival