Ouray Canyon Fest to be Held in Conjunction with the 14th Annual Rendezvous International for Canyoneering.

canyoning22Ouray is the perfect location for outdoor adventures. locals and visitors alike enjoy hiking and backpacking, exploring over 500 miles of four wheel drive trails, as well as rock climbing, ice climbing, back country skiing, and generally anything that involves getting outside and experiencing the amazing place in which we live. Most recently, enthusiasts have discovered the wonders of Canyoneering, a combination of climbing, rapelling, hiking, and often, swimming.

What’s not to love about this challenging sport?


 

canyoning-23Beginning as just a small gathering of canyoners, the past six years have seen the sport grow in Ouray County, with more canyoners discovering the wonders of our canyons and waterfalls.

Canyoning in Ouray can take anywhere from a few hours, to an entire day, depending on what you are looking for. Our canyons are all located at over 8000 feet in elevation. Some are pretty easy to navigate, but because of the location, add a level of difficulty not experienced in more arid areas. Despite the roaring waterfalls you might rappell through, most landings are in at most, knee deep water.

the Ouray Canyoning Festival itinerary is as follows:

Sunday, August 9, 2015

cascade2-19am to 5pm – Registration under the tent in Fellin Park

3pm to 4:30pm – Ouray Canyon Safety Workshop

Learn about safety topics and necessary gear under the tent in Fellin Park

4:30pm to 5:30 pm – Introduction to Canyoneering Series Workshop (Part 1)

The Introductory Workshop is for individuals who would like to explore the canyoning experience. Sunday workshop will cover basic safety

5pm to 9pm – Packet Pick Up Party

What better way to kick off your adventure than with a party? Our packet party bash begins at 5:00 p.m. under the tent in Fellin Park. Pick up your packet and begin planning your adventure. Come and relax, eat some snacks, drink some beer, check out the latest in canyoneering gear, and enjoy the company of other canyoneers.

Monday, August 10, 2015

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9am to 5pm – Registration

6am to 6pm – Canyon Adventures

8am to 5pm – Introduction to Canyoneering Series Workshop (Part 2)
The Introductory Workshop is for individuals who would like to explore the canyoning experience. Sunday workshop will cover how to use a basic rappel device, rappel practice on a dry practice rock slab, and descent of Lower Angel Creek or Portland Creek

8am to 4pm – American Canyoning Techniques Workshop
Coalition of American Canyoneers (CAC) members Ram, Tom Jones, Rich Rudow and Sonny Lawrence will be presenting a workshop Techniques to be covered: sandtraps, watertraps, fiddlesticks, and pothole escapes, webbing for natural anchors, CEM releasable setup, knot chocks, how to assess and trust the size of a deadman, meat anchor, down climbing, partner assists, shallow water jumps, and packrafting.

6pm to 10pm – IAAC Board Meeting
Meeting to take place in the The San Juan Room of the Ouray Community Center.

7pm to 7:30 pm – Movie: he Last of the Great Unknown, in the Ouray Community Center.

7pm to 11pm – Social in the Ouray Community Center
Come and relax, eat some snacks, drink some beer, check out the latest in canyoneering gear, and enjoy the company of other canyoneers.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

canyon339am to 5pm – Registration

6am to 6pm – Canyon Adventures

7am to 5pm – Introduction to Canyoneering Deries Workshop (Part 3)
For day three of the beginners series I’d like to take people up Oak creek (which sections will be determined by how folks are feeling about the previous days canyons).

8:30am to 10am – Pool Rafting 
Introduction to Pack Rafts

4pm to 7pm – Presentation
The Polivalent Descender The ‘Eight’, The Great Unknown?

7pm to 10pm – Social and Movie Night
Gorging is a feature documentary about the sport of canyoneering in America, its pioneers and participants. 

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

canyon349am to 5pm – Registration

6am to 6pm – Canyon Adventures

7pm to 10pm – Social and Presentation in the Community Center. 

Thursday, August 13, 2015

9am to 5pm – Registration

6am to 6pm – Canyon Adventures

7pm to 10pm – Social and Movie Night: Extreme Canyoning in the Community Center.

Friday, August 14, 2015

6am to 6pm – Canyon Adventures

3pm to 5pm – Basic First Aid Skills; the skills every canyoneer should possess

7pm to 10pm – Buffet Evening Party and Social
Planning your next day adventure.  Our volunteers will be available to help you plan out the following days activities. 

Saturday, August 15, 2015

canyon326am to 6pm – Canyon Adventures

8am to 2pm – Canyon Leadership Awareness and Rescue Workshop
Join us for this hands on workshop that will give you an opportunity to share experiences with other canyoneers, practice safe group management techniques and learn additional self-rescue skills.

5pm to 10pm – Social and Presentation of the RIC2016 Site

1pm to 9pm –   Annual City of Ouray Mountain Air Music Festival 
Food stalls, beer tasting, wine tasting, bands and live music. Admission $25, but RIC attendees receive a $5 discount coupon.

 


box-canyon-lodge-hot_1-12The Ouray Canyon Festival gathers together both experienced and novice enthusiasts for a week of workshops, gear demos, slide and film presentations, gear swaps door prizes and raffles. It is six days of amazing adventures, learning and fun.

The Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs welcomes participants, and is offering special discounts on rooms for those joining in the fun.

Give us a call and let us help make your adventure in the high country a memorable one!


 

 

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