Essential Technique for the Ouray Ice Park
In the video below, SJMG Guide and AMGA Certified Rock & Alpine Guide Dawn Glanc covers the steps involved in quickly and easily transitioning from belay to a raise for a climber who needs assistance ascending. The techniques shown in the video are particularly useful in areas like the Upper Bridge or Between the Bridges, and on climbs like Pic of the Vic – where it’s not feasible to top rope the climb from the bottom of the canyon.
In Part 1 of this series, Dawn covered the lowering/belaying scenario. This is Part 2 of the series where Dawn introduces a method by which you can convert your top belay into a short hauling system to help a climber reach their ice tools in case of a fall where they were hanging too far below their tools to recover them.