Excitement for winter in the San Juans comes early! Snow is just beginning to dust the peaks and the waterfalls are turning to ice. Our Early Season Ice Course is perfect for the climber that just can’t wait to get back on the ice. By the end of November, even before the Ouray Ice Park opens, you can get your early season fix and get in great shape with the best early season ice climbing in Colorado. Less snow on the ground means easier access to the ice climbs, more manageable avalanche conditions, and more unique climbing due to the varied, fragile, thin, and tricky ice that is often found on these backcountry routes.
The Early Season Ice Course is for all levels. Based on what’s in the best condition, and the climber’s ability, we’ll climb classic backcountry routes in Ouray and Silverton in either Skylight, Eureka, or South Mineral Creek areas. Options include local favorite The Ribbon (WI4) and classics Stairway to Heaven (WI4), or early season favorites such as, Direct North Face (WI4) Snowblind (WI4), Campground Couloir (WI3), Whorehouse Hoses (WI5), and more. Returning clients that are advanced climbers can burn off that turkey on the historic Bird Brain Boulevard (WI5, M5), seven pitches of mixed climbing on moss, choss, rock and steep ice, first put up in 1985 by some of the world’s best mountain climbers Charlie Fowler, Jeff Lowe, and Mark Wilford.
We offer this course at a very low client to guide ratio of 2:1 which will give you extensive mileage on the backcountry ice. The cost of the course includes guiding and instruction, group climbing equipment (ropes, screws) as well as personal equipment (helmets, harnesses, boots, crampons, and ice tools). For upcoming dates and to register, Click Here: Register Now.