Ouray Ice Park (9)


Statistics

  • Date - 01/16/2009
  • Elevation - 7,790'
  • Route - Various
  • Miles - 0.5
  • Elevation Gain - 200'
  • ACME Mapper - Link
  • CalTopo - Link
  • Partners - Brian Kooienga, Matt Linnemann, Kevin Smith

Description

After climbing Dexter Creek Slabs earlier in the morning, we drove to the Comfort Inn parking lot to see Matt excited to climb some ice.  I jumped into Matt's Jeep with him and we headed up to the ice park.  We set up a top rope in the Alcove and each made two laps on the route.  I was surprised at what the ice park and canyon looked like this year.  A sign indicated that New Funtier had water at the base and many other climbing areas had much more water running through them than I had ever seen before.  I also thought the ice in many areas was relatively thin and weak compared to other years I had been to the ice park.  Brian and Kevin showed up and took a run on our top rope.  Matt climbed out and then brought me up at which point we called it a day.  We retired to the hotel where we jumped in the hot tub and had a couple of beers.  We ate at Buen Tiempo's and had a night cap at the Outlaw.

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