Spectacular Fencing

CANCELLED for 2024... check back in 2025!

No charge. Just come and play!

Please preregister HERE at AskFred.

Sanctioned tournament Sunday: register HERE at AskFred.


You'll find lots of options for lodging and activities here at this site

Ouray is a beautiful little Victorian town lost in the San Juan Mountains, population around 800, elevation 7700 feet, surrounded by cliffs and mountains. It is simply breathtaking. From town, there are endless trails to explore. There are also good restaurants, a lovely hot springs pool, and lots of activities to keep your family, if you choose to bring them, happy while you fence.

Men's Journal recently named it the #1 vacation destination in the United States.

If you're flying, you'll probably want to fly to MTJ (Montrose/Telluride Regional Airport), 35 miles north of Ouray. 

Arrive Friday (or come sooner!)

Easy transportation to Ouray: rent a car, talk with Telluride Express, or one of us will come get you. 

American offers flights through Dallas and Phoenix, and United offers flights through Denver and Chicago.

Depart MTJ Monday morning (or extend your vacation!)

Alternatively, fly to DEN (Denver International), 325 miles northeast of Ouray. 

Arrive Thursday, in time to fence that evening at Denver Fencing Center... great group of foilists, including Nathan Anderson, Tom Lutton, and Henri Darricau.

Then drive (we'll arrange carpools) 5 1/2 hours on Friday to Ouray. 

Depart DEN late Monday or anytime Tuesday. 



4pm-6pm--shake the travel cobwebs out if you're here on time with some open fencing at Ouray School gym

7pm-Dinner outside somewhere... tbd.


10 am-noon--fencing at Ouray School gym (400 7th Ave)

break for lunch

1:30-4:30 pm--fencing

Dinner, Soaking... Ouray!


8 am--Foil and Epee Tournaments (medals for top 4)

Perimeter trail hike? Via Ferrata? Rent a 4-wheeler? Fly fish?

Dinner at another great local place

Spectacular 2018: Peter and JG Habala, Greg Domashovetz, David Westphal, Juan Ignacio Calderon, David Johanson, Henri Darricau, John Kissingford, Thomas Mahnken, William Pegues

In 2019, Spectacular Fencing welcomed

longtime Romanian National Team coach Peter "Pal" Habala, his wife Maria (twice Romanian national champion); as well as their son (current #1 in USA Vet foil) Peter, of Redstar Fencing in Chicago;

AND ALSO... Olympian Henri Darricau, Vet World team member John Kissingford, International ref Greg Domashovetz,Thomas Mahnken, William Pegues, Gary Zeiss, Tony Gross

2020 Spectacular Fencing

Covid-informed, masks under our masks. But we fenced!

Spectacular fencers: Kristian Anderson (NE), Nathan Anderson (CO), Juan Ignacio Calderon (CA), Donald Cravey (CO), Henri Darricau (CO), John Kissingford (CO), Terra Malmstrom (CO)

Spectacular 2021

This time, foil and epee. An expanded group. Pat Lutton, Terra Malmstrom, Amelia Fogleman, Tony Gross, Sam Burbey, Kaleah Bartlett, David Westphal, Henri Darricau, Tom Lutton, Greg Domaschovetz, Johannes Klein, Chris Bartlett, and John Kissingford

Spectacular 2022

Eight strips, two weapons, two dozen fencers from four states, great times.

Spectacular 2023

A sanctioned tournament this time, both epee and foil, plenty of earned new ratings, and, of course, all the pleasures.