Nervous excitement escalated to shear fear as I hung on as tight as I could to my ice axes. All of sudden I did not like my position on the side of the frozen canyon wall and I was ready to come down…now! This was my first time ice climbing and my second time climbing ever. I was confident in the venue at the Ouray Ice Fest and with my instructor, Osprey Athlete, Ben Clark. What I wasn’t prepared for were the chunks of ice that kept breaking off and the distance I was from the ground. What happened up there? I forgot to relax. That’s all Ben told us to do was to relax and have fun. Before the clinic was over, I did try it again. I still didn’t make it to the top, but I was relaxed, and was definitely having fun. It was a great experience, I will do it again. Now, it’s your turn.
Written by Katie K.
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