Friday, February 17, 2012

Ouray Ice Park, Colorado February 16-20th 2012

Ouray Ice Park, Colorado
February 16-20th 2012

Day 1:
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
Sheila Crankin
Looking up route 93

                                Jared Having Fun!

Getting Serious

   Having Fun

Day 2:
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!

Day 3:
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).

Ryan Leading
Topping out on my lead
The Crew
About to head back home in the snow!
Ouray was such a great trip with great people. We had three solid climbing days with ideal weather and ideal ice.  You can't ask for more than that!

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