Early season ice climbing is in full swing in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado. Classic routes including The Ribbon, Birdbrain Boulevard, Talisman, Ames Ice Hose, Direct North Face, Snowblind, Campground Couloir, First Gully, and Goldrush have all seen ascents. It has been at least 8 years since we have seen this many routes in such good condition in mid-November. If you’re itching to get out and experience the great early season ice climbing, but you’re feeling a bit rusty after a summer away from your tools, you might consider climbing the Campground Couloir in South Mineral Creek. This classic route has a short approach, three pitches of enjoyable WI3 climbing, and fixed anchors for an easy descent. Read on to get more beta on this great early season ice climb.
Pitch 1 of the Campground Couloir.
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