This is the eighth year in a row that I've made a climbing trip to Ouray, Colorado, with a group of friends. For the past several years, we've rented a house and had a fun long weekend of climbing, eating, and cocktails. After climbing Chipeta Falls on the way to southwest Colorado, a few of us decided to make our way back up to Dexter Creek Slabs, which has been a climb we have hit on a regular basis during this trip in order to get out of the ice park. The avalanche danger was once again considerable so we weren't willing to climb any of the gullies near Silverton, Colorado.
Jeff and Scott climbed together on this particular day, and I joined team Brian and Bob. The approach went relatively quick despite the fact that I was severely over-served the previous evening. We did have to wait a while for a team in front of us, but the weather was good and there was not sense of urgency. After completing the two-pitch climb, we were back at the house and in the hot tub enjoying a beer from the kegs Jeff Kunkle got from the Bristol Brewery. We had chili the first night and were excited for the prime rib on night two.