From Seattle, WA
Jan 5, 2014
I'm "funemployed" right now and am looking to hone my ice climbing skills in Ouray, CO this winter.
Where can I stay for two months and with whom can I climb? Share lodging? Climb with new friends?
(917) 415 1421
jaspanag @ yahoo . com
Climbing for the past decade [for recreation, rather than ambition] I have all the gear, and lead W4+ (but perhaps not at the beginning of the season, to be modest and honest), and can follow harder. Safety first, of course. I pride myself in knowing enough rescue techniques to get us down, more so than climbing the hardest routes (I'm a 34 year old guy, 145 lbs, 5'10").
I learned to climb in the rockies in college, then moved to NYC to attend grad school and to work as a high school teacher. I climbed throughout the New England area (NY, VT, NH, etc), and improved my climbing with partners more experienced than me (primarily a Frenchman and an Argentinian).
After finally succumbing to being disillusioned by the NYC public school system, I quit and worked at a gear store for a while, then when the city also finally lost it's appeal to me, I decided to relocate to Seattle, to be nearer friends, family, mountains, rivers, oceans.
For a change, this past summer I worked as a whitewater river-rafting guide in West Virginia, and rock-climbed in the New River Gorge on my days-off (and even guided a little for the adventure company's climbing department).
Now (early-January 2014) I'm visiting friends in SLC and want to get on some good [consistent] ice this winter, so I'm itching to go to Ouray, but I need a place to stay and climbing partners. I'd also be happy to work as a waiter or something part-time in the evenings if I can, and pay to stay somewhere temporarily (maybe with a climbing partner for partial rent). Check out the positive reviews on my couchsurfing profile to get a better idea of who I am: couchsurfing.org/people/Lhotsa