Papert Takes Ouray Crown


German Ines Papert was the overwall winner in the difficulty competition at the 2005 Ouray Ice Festival in Colorado, the first time a woman has taken top prize at the event. Papert was one of three climbers to flash the long mixed route near the Upper Bridge at the Ouray Ice Park; she won the title by finishing around three minutes faster than Canadian Will Gadd and Austrian Harry Berger, who finished second and third, respectively. Jared Ogden was the top American in seventh. Gadd and a couple of other climbers wore crampons with no heel spurs, which can be used to rest on overhanging ice and mixed routes. But Gadd said Papert’s spurs probably didn’t give her much advantage on this route, which featured technical dry tooling until a large roof near the top. Gadd made up for his defeat by winning Ouray’s inaugural speed-climbing contest, in which he raced up two 100-foot WI 5 pillars in a combined time of less than two minutes. Aljaz Anderle of Slovenia was second, and the multitalented Papert was third (and first among women). At the top of the second route, Gadd dynoed for the finishing bell and managed to impale himself with a razor-sharp pick that plunged into his leg and popped out an inch away, like a fish hook. “Now I know what the ice feels like when I pull a pick out,” Gadd deadpanned. Difficulty (Men and Women) 1. Ines Papert (GER) 2. Will Gadd (CAN) 3. Harry Berger (AUT) 4. Sean Isaac (CAN) 5. Rob Owens (CAN) Speed (Men and Women) 1. Will Gadd (CAN) 2. Aljaz Anderle (SLO) 3. Ines Papert (GER) 4. Vince Anderson (USA) 5. Chris Alstrin (USA)