Cool Climbs: The Best Ice Climbing Spots Around The World

Wintertime can bring some harsh, unbearable weather. But, when the weather comes, some incredible things come along with it. Snow sits atop trees and mountains, glistening as the sun hits. And water freezes in creative icicle shapes of small and large formations. [slideshow:1178]

The big ice formations, that occur around waterfalls, cliffs, and rock slabs are some of the most incredible sights to be seen in the wintertime. But, these ice formations are more than just pretty spectacles to appreciate from afar.

To some, when winter hits, and water freezes over, a playground is made. Ice climbers find the best places in the world to climb those epic ice formations. It can be dangerous, and alpine ice is somewhat unpredictable. But, to reach the top of an ice fall is an incredibly rewarding experience.

Whether you are a new to ice climbing, and want to try out for the first time this winter, or you're a seasoned veteran to the sport, these ice climbing spots offer a cool experience for every level.

Ouray, Colorado 

Home to the Ouray Ice Park, the man made ice climbing venue offers more than 200 named ice and mixed climbs. The park is free and open to the public. There are also plenty opportunities for beginner climbers to hire guide and instructional services. Or check out the biggest Ice Festival in North America, happening January 8th-11th, 2015.

Rjukan, Norway

Rjukan, a collection of frozen over waterfalls, offers some incredible climbing that attracts people from all over the globe. From the Krokan ice climb, to the Gorge, there are many gorgeous, world famous climbs that vary in difficulty and length. 

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