Archive for March, 2010

Ouray 2010

A few weeks ago I took a short trip down to the Ouray Ice Park in Ouray, CO for a long weekend of ice climbing in the most accessible ice climbing venue in Colorado.  The ice park is just a few blocks away from most of the hotels in Ouray, making it a short 10 minute hike to almost anywhere in the park from your room.  Friday we arrived in town, had some screws sharpened at Ouray Mountain Sports and then checked out conditions by hiking up Camp Bird Road.  Saturday found us in South Park, toproping a few pure ice pillars and one mixed crack that was super fun.

Sick Mixed Into the Crack Doug Like Smash

Sunday morning we woke up early to climb Pick o’ the Vic, a 140′ WI4 ice climb that Will Gadd climbed for 24 hours straight for the Endless Ascent charity event.  We also headed into the Scottish Gully area to climb an interesting pillar called Popsicle that formed up pretty fat this year.  I was able to take some pictures and a video of the climb from across the gorge before we had to leave for home.  Short trip but getting about 10-12 laps in the park in a weekend made it worth the long drive.  Embedded Facebook video below, I also posted the video to Vimeo.

From the Bridge Matt on Popsicle Killer Pillar