Every year, CityROCK climbing gym in Colorado Springs, Colorado, holds an ice climbing competition without any ice. There can’t be: It’s indoors.
Colorado Springs may be high desert, but it’s home to a disproportionate number of Front Range ice climbers, and the annual CityROCK Ice Night is their night. The gym shuts down its normal operations, brings in route-setters and clinic instructors from across the state, and gives the ice climbing community free reign. It’s just $10 to spectate and $50 to compete—just enough for the gym to almost break even.“We pretty much just chalk it up to our contribution to the sport,” says Grant Wilson, who sets routes and organizes CityROCK’s ice climbing initiatives, including Ice Night.