Friday, March 23, 2012

Ouray Ice Climbing Trip 2012

So back in February I went out to Ouray to hit up the ice park.  The weather was amazing and the company was great.  Ryann and I joined a crew of friends for three days in the park.  We left Thursday night and climbed Friday, Saturday and part of the day Sunday.  We hit up a few different areas including New Funtier, Between the Bridges and Scottish Gullies (check out the Ouray Ice Park map here).  The ice was great considering the weak year for snow, but with the warm weather the freeze melt cycles have been pretty good with the snow we do have.  Colorado has suffered this year in the way of snow, but ice climbing has still been pretty strong.  We climbed everything from WI2 to M7 and had a blast.  Check out the pictures below.
Ryann on a fun warmup in the New Funtier
David getting ready to lead a fun WI2/3 in the New Funtier

Me on lead in the New Funtier

David deep in the Scottish Gullies
Me on a WI3 on the Shithouse Wall
John doing some work on a warm last day in the park
Ryann chopping away on a WI2 in the Scottish Gullies
All in all the trip was a success.  The weather was perfect, the drive wasn't bad, Buen Tiempo was good yet again and the company was great.  My fiance Ryann was there as well as a few of our friends from church (David, John, Tasha) and a couple other friends.  We had a great time in Ouray ice climbing, hot tubbing and being in the mountains.

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