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Winter Mountaineering in the San Juans

Ice Climbing in Colorado
January 3, 2011
January Mountaineering- Perfect Conditions
January 31, 2011

Jack from Atlanta and Kathy from New Jersey came out to the San Juans for four days of winter mountaineering.

We were in Cascade Canyon for day one where we were able to learn ice climbing technique and review belaying and rapelling.

On day two we drove North of Durango to Coalbank Pass at 10,600′ where we started our hike to our camp at 11’500′ below Engineer Mountain.  IMG_1282

On day three we went over avalanche awareness, self arresting and snow anchors.  IMG_1287


On day four we got up early and successfully climbed Engineer Mountain at 12,978′ in very windy conditions.  Then hiked back to camp, packed up and descended back to Coalbank Pass.  Both Kathy and Jack did a great job in the challenging climbing conditions and I hope to see them again in the future.