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Introduction to Ice Climbing Ouray style.

January Mountaineering- Perfect Conditions
January 31, 2011
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Last weekend, Eric, Adam, and Morgan joined me for a two day introduction to ice climbing in beautiful Ouray, Colorado. Upon meeting in the morning on Saturday, we geared up and headed into the Ouray Ice Park to begin our lessons.

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In an area called the “New Funtier,” a lesson on the basic techniques of Ice climbing along with a belay review was first in order and then on to the ice to practice the new skills.P1010239

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Then after many laps up the ice, we packed it up and enjoyed some great dinner that evening in town.

The next morning, we were up early to get on some steeper terrain.

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After more laps (mileage is important when learning), we learned about ice screws and anchor construction.

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After we had climbed this area out, we were ready to try something new and so off we went to the “Scottish Gullies” for some more ice and to try out Rappelling.

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All in all, a great weekend and a great crew.  After completing the intro course, these three are ready to try the intermediate course and some multipitch and more advanced terrain.

BG

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