The 5 Best Ice Climbing Destinations In North America

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Ouray, Colorado

The Ouray Ice Park is world famous for it’s exceptional access to more than 200 named climbs. The best part? The park is free and open to the public. But beginners, make sure you hire a licensed guide to show you the ropes. And you can’t forget to check out America’s largest ice climbing festival which happens here from January 14th-17th, 2016.

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Mandy Burkholder is a travel, adventure, and outdoor writer who honed her craft in the foothills of the La Plata Mountains of Southwest Colorado. After a stint in the Swiss Alps, she now resides in Tennessee. Follow her on twitter — @mandyburkhold3r

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