CityROCK’s Annual Ice Fest is a multi-day dry-tooling event that gives spectators, novices, and pros a chance to learn about, participate in, and discuss the disciplines of ice and mixed climbing. Ice Fest's main event is an epic dry-tooling competition and mega raffle of gear from our sponsors with the proceeds going to Protect our Winters.

We will be donating money from the raffle to a Colorado nonprofit. In 2018, the raffle raised $1007.50 for American Alpine Club and $1007.50 for The Access Fund!


Friday, November 15, 2019
5 PM to 8 PM: Youth Competition
6 PM to Close: Ice Fest Athlete Specials at The Ute & Yeti

Saturday, November 16, 2019
8 to 11:30 AM: Redpoint Qualifiers Wave 1
12 to 3:30 PM: Redpoint Qualifiers Wave 2
5 PM: Onsight Finals
Awards Ceremony
*Lowa will be at Ice Fest with a small fleet of demo ice comp boots.

Sunday, November 17, 2019
8 AM to 1 PM: Open dry-tooling (must have competed in Qualifiers to participate, price included in entry)
9 AM to 11 AM: Clinics


Adult Competition
Price: $50
Includes: Qualifiers, Finals (if you qualify), Open dry-tooling on Sunday, Ice Fest T-shirt.
Qualifiers Wave selection is first come first serve. Register early to get your choice of wave.
Finals will be Onsight. 8 men and 8 women will advance to Finals, competing for a piece of the cash purse.
*Due to competitor cap, refunds will not be issued unless participant cannot compete due to illness or injury.

Youth Competition:
Price: $35  
Add-on Adult Competition: $15

2019 Competition Results


Date: Sunday, Nov 17 
Time: 9 to 11 AM
Cost: $55/person 
Due to participant cap per clinic, we do not offer refunds on clinics except under extreme circumstances.


photo by Kara Ashcraft

Join us for a specialized course, geared toward introducing climbers with physical disabilities (amputees, blind, seated, etc) to the dark arts of dry-tooling (a climbing style where EVERYONE is adaptive and uses climbing aids!)
After starting with an introduction to dry-tooling gear and a brief demo on technique, including some “what NOT to do’s”, we’ll get straight into climbing! This clinic assumes participants are at a beginner level and will mainly focus on basic movements while on top-rope. Once everyone gets a bit more comfy with the art of "Scratch-n-Dangle," we’ll start working on ways to find efficiency and power while on route. Standard personal climbing gear is available to rent (harness, helmet, belay device, rock shoes), but the pointy stuff will be available for participants to borrow! Long pants, and sleeved shirts are highly recommended.

Sam Sala has been an avid ice and mixed climber since he was introduced in 2013. He guides for Evo Mountain Guides and teaches various climbing classes at Evo Rock and Fitness, in Louisville, CO. On the rare occasion you find him on flat ground, it will likely be with a taco, IPA, or camera in-hand...sometimes all three! He also excels in heckling, dad-jokes, and terrible puns.


Have you always wanted to try mixed climbing, but didn't know where start? Don't know the difference between a stein-pull and a side-pull? Wondering why anyone would want to use crampons on rock? Come learn some of the basics from one of the very best in the mixed climbing game! Marcus Garcia will introduce you to the basics of mixed climbing, from the specialized gear and its uses, to general movements and techniques used for dry-tooling. If you don't have experience scratching on rock with ice tools, or if you're returning to the sport and just looking for a refresher on the basics, this clinic is for you! Standard personal climbing gear is available to rent (harness, helmet, belay device, rock shoes), but the pointy stuff will be available for participants to borrow! Long pants, and sleeved shirts are highly recommended.

“Marcus Garcia might be the best climber you’ve never heard of.”  — Rock and Ice Magazine, issue 238. Marcus is an all-around climber with over 25 year of experience, and has established over 200 new routes, including everything from traditional, sport, and mixed climbing. However, his biggest accomplishment and legacy is not how hard he can push himself, but what he passes on to the next generation of climbers as a coach and mentor. As lead coach for youth Team USA Ice Climbing, Marcus is helping develop the next generation of Olympic Caliber athletes. Marcus’s clinics are loved by all.  



Join one of the world's elite mixed sport climbers as he shows you how to unlock more of your potential and take your climbing to the next level! From advanced climbing techniques to tips and tricks for better mental management before, during, and after your climb, you're sure to feel more prepared and confident while you're tying in!

Chris' specialty is hard mixed and drytooling; a passion he discovered a few years into climbing. He was the first American to climb D15 by repeating 'A Line Above the Sky' in Italy in November of 2018, and currently is looking for his own next level route. Outside of climbing, he is a financial planner, artist, and professional high performance driving instructor.




Registration are closed. For more information on the 2020 edition please click here.


$10 spectators ticket for finals.
Includes a raffle ticket.
Additional raffle tickets available for purchase: 1 for $5, 5 for $10, 12 for $20.

Demos, Vendors, and Sponsors

Pikes Peak Alpine School, Mountain Chalet, Heuberger, Adidas/Terrex, CAMP USA, and Rab will be here! Come visit their booths!


If you're interested in spending the weekend in Colorado Springs, The Holiday Inn is offering discounted rooms for Ice Fest participants. Click here or call 1 719 4244300 and mention CityROCK to get a discounted rate!


Participants MUST be belay certified at CityROCK. If you need to be certified please come to CityROCK before the day of the competition. Please do not come in the day of the event to get certified!

Click here for more information on standard belay procedure.