Several Julbo athletes are BIF alumni, including Barry Blanchard, Ben Gilmore, Caroline George and Majka Burhardt. Blanchard returns this year to participate in an intriguing multimedia presentation scheduled over two evenings: “Retrospective on 40 Years of Ice Climbing in North America, Parts 1 & 2,” hosted by Chris Alstrin and Joe Josephson.
Part 1 on Friday evening will also feature special guests Jeff Lowe, Pat Callis, Yvon Chouinard, John Bragg, Henry Barber, and more TBA. Saturday evening’s Part 2 will feature special guests Will Gadd, Bruce Hendricks, Kitty Calhoun, Bernard Mailhot, Kris Erickson and more TBA.
Festival organizer Joe Josephson on the second ascent of Telluride's Bridalveil Falls. Credit: Henry C. Barber
In addition to on-ice clinics taught by some of the sport’s best, climbers can demo the latest in ice-climbing clothing and equipment from a gamut of companies – from Arc’teryx and Mammut to La Sportiva and Outdoor Research.
Check out the full BIF schedule here http://www.bozemanicefest.com/schedule/. For more beta on Bozeman, check out http://www.bozemanicefest.com/resources/ for some helpful links.
Yvon Chouinard on the third ascent of the New England classic Repentance. Credit: Henry C. Barber/Mountain Ventures Collection
Proceeds from the Festival go toward the Friends of Hyalite, a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to promoting and protecting the world-class ice climbing in Hyalite Canyon.
Time is running out to register; if you are a passionate ice climber, don’t miss the BIF!