OutThere Colorado caught up with climbing legend, Conrad Anker, at the 2017 Ouray Ice Festival. As leader of The North Face climbing team, Anker has inspired a generation of climbers with numerous first ascents in the Himalayas, Patagonia, and Antarctica as well as his environmental advocacy and efforts to build a more inclusive climbing community.

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So what do you do when you run into one of your heroes on the floor of Ouray’s box canyon ice park? You pull out a camera and ask for an interview! On a beautiful day in January, Conrad Anker talked about the growth he’s seen in the sport of climbing in the past 40 years, his love for the sport, and why he returns to the Ouray Ice Festival each year.

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