2006 Festiglace Ice-Climbing Festival

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Festiglace 2006 will be at the Jacques-Cartier River climbing area, or Pont Rouge. No matter what your skill level, Festiglace has clinics and workshops taught by the experts that will help refine your skill set.Photos by Doug Millen, Karine Pellerin, and Festiglace Collection

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The ninth-annual Festiglace du Québec ice-climbing festival presented by The North Face will occur at the Jacques-Cartier River climbing area on February 17-19, 2006. This year, Canada’s largest ice festival includes exciting competitions, product demos, and guest speakers.

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Ice climbing masters Mark Synnott, Maxime Turgeon, Louis-Philippe Ménard, Abby Watkins, and Pete Athans will be giving lectures throughout the event. Evgeny Krivosheitcev, the champion Ukrainian ice climber, will be returning this year to defend his previous victories in the speed and team competitons.

No matter what your skill level, Festiglace has clinics and workshops taught by the experts that will help refine your skill set. Check out the event’s wide variety of ice routes, snowshoe trails, and of course, the fabled Festiglace party. It will be an occasion to remember.

Climbing's Jeff Achey is providing Live updates from Festiglace - Updated 2/18/06.

Visit the offical Festiglace site. Forevent photos - Photopost

Photos by Doug Millen, Karine Pellerin, and Festiglace Collection

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17:7:30 p.m. - Community Center - Official words of welcome and presentation of athletes opening of the 9th Festiglace du Quebec presented by The North FaceLecture #1:Heaven and Hell - Mark Synnott from The North Face teamLecture #2:Spice Factory - La Fabrique à Épices - Quebec climbers Maxime Turgeon and Louis-Philippe MénardSATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18:9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. - International team competition, amateur competition qualifying round, Courses and workshops, Free try out of equipment, intro to ice climbing, tyrolean traverse, snowshoes circuit and demos, kid's zone Camp St-François, clinics, booths, heated tent, dining area.5:00 to 7:00 p.m. - Black Diamond Happy Hour Lounge under the big tent (hot dogs and beer!)7:30 p.m. - Community Center - The North Face-A5 eveningLecture #3: Abby Watkins and Pete Athans from The North Face team. Himalayan Cataract Project II — To Climb above BlindessLecture #4:Québec Givré (in french)2:00 p.m. - 3:00 a.m. - Festiglace Party!SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 19:9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. - Climbing competitions 10:30 a.m. - Amateur final1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. - International speed competitionCourses and workshops, Free try out of equipment, intro to ice climbing, tyrolean traverse, snowshoes circuit and demos, kid's zone Camp St-François, clinics, booths, heated tent, dining area.

For activities and list of competitors check out www.festiglace.com

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If you have any questions about Festiglace du Québec The North Face, feel free to contact us, We'll be happy to help !

Festiglace 643 route 365 Neuville, Québec, Canada G0A 2R0 Email: festiglace@yahoo.ca Telephone: (418) 934-1499 Fax: (418) 876-3801 An ATV shuttle service will be available to media representatives for onsite travel

FOLLOW THE SIGNS FROM HIGHWAY 40 (Exit #-281 North) Outdoor site : For competitions, outdoor activities, courses, workshops and equipment booths. Take rue Dupont Ouest (west) , Route des Commissaires and Rang du Bois de l'Ail. FOLLOW THE SIGNS FROM PONT-ROUGE Admission for 2006 edition = $2/person, parking free, children 12 and under get in free Community Center: For evening lectures/slide shows: 2 rue de la Fabrique, (right beside the church) Admission for 2006 edition = $8/person

Photos by Doug Millen, Karine Pellerin, and Festiglace Collection

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The 9th annual Festiglace du Québec list of sponsors:

The North Face Mounatin Hardwear Arc’teryx Sterling Rope Omega Pacific Nemo Trango Vasque Deuter Petzl Charlet Koflach JustRopes.com Simond Rocgyms.com NEice.com Espaces Climbing Magazine Gripped Ville de Pont-Rouge Camp Saint-Francois Adventure Ecotourism Quebec Atmosphère Vie Sportive Black Diamond OR Gear Redfeather snowshoes