Extreme sport sees ice climber race to the top of frozen waterfalls

Daredevils hurtle up frozen waterfalls at break neck speed in a new extreme ice sport.

Climbers at the Ouray Ice Festival, Colorado, battled it out to be crowned king of the ‘falls.

The latest addition to the extreme sport circuit sees competitors racing to reach the top of the 50ft waterfall using just a pair of ice axes and special climbing shoes.

Climbers battling it out at the Ouray Ice Festival

Climbers battling it out at the Ouray Ice Festival

Marc Subirana, a rock climbing guide from Barcelona, who documented the competition, said: “Ice climbing is quite dangerous, because it is so different from rock climbing.

“You are carrying sharp tools in your hands and in your feet, so you do to want to fall while ice climbing.

Racing up frozen waterfalls is the latest extreme ice sport

Racing up frozen waterfalls is the latest extreme ice sport

“In rock climbing you can fall and there is no big problem.

“Another important aspect is that the anchors in ice are not as safe as in rock, depending on the quality of the ice.”

Marc Subirana, who documented the competition, said: "Ice climbing is quite dangerous, because it is so different from rock climbing."

Marc Subirana, who documented the competition, said: “Ice climbing is quite dangerous, because it is so different from rock climbing.”

Vide shows brave climbers speeding up the waterfalls, some clad in only shorts for protection against the cold elements.
Simon Duverney, 26, from France won the speed climbing with the rapid time of 32.03 seconds.

The Ouray Ice Festival is a four-day event based in Ouray, Colorado and attracts competitors from all over the world.

This year was its 20th anniversary and the competition ran from January 8th – January 11th, attracting over 400 spectators.