Feb 19

With the Ice Park closed, we have been getting lots of calls about the condition of the backcountry. As of this writing, February 20th, almost all of the backcountry areas are in great shape and getting climbed regularly. Here are some recent photos that show the current conditions:

Chockstone Chimney (at the Skylight Area) on February 12th. This route is still in good shape as of February 20th.























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Feb 12

Great backcountry ice climbing conditions in Eureka Canyon, CO.




















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Jan 22

Here are a few photos from some of our adventures this winter:

A group of skiers on a backcountry skiing trip to the North Pole Hut. They enjoyed great skiing in the open Aspen glades near the hut.














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Dec 2

The 2016-2017 ice climbing season in Southwest Colorado is off to a great start. As of this writing, almost all routes in Silverton and South Mineral Creek are in condition and getting climbed. Check out the attached photos for more info.

Stairway to Heaven on December 4, 2016.






















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Dec 1

The Ouray Ice Park is off to a great start for the 2016-2017 winter season. Read on for an update on current conditions as of December 1, 2016.


The South Park area on December 1, 2016.
















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Jun 25

Is your dirty rope getting you down? Here are some tips to clean and care for your rope to keep it in great shape.

dirty hands

Dirty hands are a sure sign of a dirty rope.












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Dec 6

Sign up for an Introduction to Ice Climbing Course in December or January and get a free All Access Pass to the 2015 Ouray Ice Festival!  The All Access Pass provides free entry to all Ice Festival events including slideshows by Kelly Kordes and Will Gadd, community center dinners, live auction, gear bazaar and fashion show, and the Saturday night Petzl Party.  Click the image below to learn more and sign up!

Ice Fest Pass

Learn the fundamentals of ice climbing in the spectacular Ouray Ice Park during the 2-day Introduction to Ice Climbing Course.  For a limited time, get an All Access Pass to the 2015 Ouray Ice Festival when you sign up!

















Nov 14
Ice Climbing Campground Couloir
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Early season ice climbing is in full swing in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado.  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.

Pitch 1 of the Campground Couloir.





















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Jan 10

The ice climbing season in Southwestern Colorado is off to a terrific start.  Cold nighttime temperatures along with mild days and minimal snow have created excellent ice climbing conditions in both the Ouray Ice Park and the surrounding backcountry.  Following are some photos from a few ice climbing programs we have done recently in conjunction with our friends at the American Alpine Institute.

Ice climbing season is off to a great start!

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Mar 6

I had the pleasure of working with some wonderful people on some terrific trips last week.  The week started with a stellar avalanche awareness backcountry ski trip (and great powder riding) with Nick, Zach, and David.

Nick racing through the powder

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