Ouray Ice Park, Colorado
February 16-20th 2012
We drove out to Colorado Friday night after work. We drove into the night in a rented Suburban and made it here at 10am. We loaded into the condo, packed up and headed out to Ouray Ice Park for a nice half day of some ice climbing.
|Sheila at her belay stance|
|A view of our routes from the bridge|
|Looking up route 93|
|Jared Having Fun!|
We decided to get an early start to get on some classic routes at the lower bridge. We set up three ropes on a WI3, WI4 and W5. Amazing climbing. Very steep with lots of hooking. We swapped ropes a bit with the guides and got a few more routes. Once we were good and tired, we decided to get on an M5 mixed route. My first experience with mixed climbing. It was awesome. I want to try it more often. We did a bit more climbing, got totally pumped out and fatigued, then packed up and got dinner and jumped in the hot tub!
We had a great dinner at the Ouray Brewery to top off a fantastic day. Good food, good drinks and good friends. We came back home, changed into our suits and then went into the hot tub!
We got up at a casual pace, headed out to South Park to do some leading...grabbed some food, jumped into the car and jetted home (13 hours).
|Topping out on my lead|
|About to head back home in the snow!|