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Rebecca Lewis Podiums at Durango World Cup

Ontario local Rebecca Lewis has delivered some incredible results at the recent ice climbing World Cup held in Durango, Colorado.
Rebecca Lewis at the Durango World Cup

Rebecca Lewis at the Durango World Cup. Photo: UIAA/Blake Ward

Competitors from 13 countries came to compete in this event, including the heavy hitters from the World Cup circuit and the winners from previous years.

Lewis made it to semi-finals where she finished 2nd in the North America Championship and placed 12th overall for the Ice Climbing World Cup. 1st North American place went to Canadian Ineke Rhebergen and 3rd to Minnesota native Kendra Stritch.

This was the third time the World Cup has been hosted in the United States. The last two years have been at Bozeman, but after the devastating windstorm last year, Bozeman needed a break and Durango stepped up to the plate to host the event.
Rebecca Lewis at the Durango World Cup

Rebecca Lewis at the Durango World Cup. Photo: UIAA/Blake Ward

Based in St. Catharines, Ontario, Lewis has taken the last year off from work to pursue ice and rock climbing and was pleased with her ranking considering her lack of training for this event. Three weeks ago she was still sipping wine and pulling pockets in Spain.

Over the last three years, Lewis has become one of the strongest women in the North American drytooling scene, with help and coaching from her husband, Nathan Kutcher. This is her third year for Ice Climbing World Cup competition, but this will be her only event on the circuit. Instead, she has decided to spend her winter in North America. She will be competing at Ouray in January during the Ouray Ice Fest and teach clinics at the Duluth Ice Fest in Minnesota and the Valdez Ice Fest in Alaska. On March 11th Lewis and Kutcher are co-organizing the Great Lakes Mixed Competition at Peabody Ice Climbing in Michigan.
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Gus Alexandropoulos is a freelance writer who has been involved in the outdoor industry for over 35 years. During his career he has been the editor at Canada’s national climbing magazine, as well as the gear editor for a national cycling magazine, triathlon magazine and running magazine. His work has been published in Canada’s national newspaper, The Globe and Mail, and he has been a guest on television and radio broadcasts. His passion for climbing began in Ontario in the mid-80s and he continues to travel extensively in search of crisp conditions and steep rock.