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Sasha DiGiulian to Compete in Ouray Ice Fest

Sasha DiGiulian has made a name for herself by sport climbing up to 5.14d and sending big-wall face-climbs in the Dolomites, but this winter, she has decided to take up the new disciplines of ice and mixed climbing.

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Sasha DiGiulian has made a name for herself by sport climbing up to 5.14d and sending big-wall face-climbs in the Dolomites, but this winter, she has decided to learn the new disciplines of ice and mixed climbing.

Just five days ago, DiGiulian tooled her way up the first ice climb of her life in Vail, Colorado.

“There’s a 1st for everything!” posted DiGiulian on her Instagram account.

The day after her first water-ice climb, DiGiulian took a mixed-climbing lesson from American competitor Will Mayo. DiGiulian then spent the next five days training in Vail with Mayo in preparation for this weekend’s mixed-climbing competition in Ouray, Colorado.

@willmayo.us teaching me to dry tool, in prep for my first ever Mixed Climbing Competition next week! @gopro photo

A photo posted by Sasha DiGiulian (@sashadigiulian) on

DiGiulian arrived in Ouray earlier this week and went to work, polishing up her new mixed-climbing skills. Her first mixed-climbing lead was Flying Circus (M10) in Ouray’s Box Canyon, which she has now redpointed.

The Ouray Ice Festival is touted as the biggest ice fest in North America and includes $14,500 in prize money. The Elite Mixed Competition will take place on Saturday, January 10, and will feature some of the best mixed-climbers in the world.

Stay tuned to Rockandice.com for complete coverage of the competition on Saturday.