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Sep 2, 2016
Rock Climbing Photo: ladder

Rock Climbing Photo: Another ladder
Another ladder

Never been to Ouray in the summer, went for a visit recently and was surprised to see three ladders in the river near the School Room climbing area. It appears these are some of the ladders used to get around the bottom of the canyon. But were apparently left, and the spring runoff deposited them where you see them in the photos. I would assume that the people in charge of the ice park would show better stewardship with respect to their resource, where they make their income, guess thats wishful thinking.
Rudi Matt123
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Sep 2, 2016
....they're in the storage room BigB
From Red Rock, NV
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Sep 2, 2016
What I would do is take a picture and ask someone else to pick them up. rging
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Sep 3, 2016
^^^but that's just because you are such a humanitarian ... Mark Dalen
From Albuquerque, NM
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Sep 4, 2016
The rope going through the bolt bothers me alot more than some random ladders. ViperScale
Joined Dec 22, 2013
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Sep 4, 2016
the 3rd picture in the set that you forgot to post is the ladders in your rig headed for the dumpster right? frankstoneline
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Sep 5, 2016
rging wrote:
What I would do is take a picture and ask someone else to pick them up.

That sir is a brilliant plan.
From Colorado Springs, Colorado
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Sep 5, 2016
But when you ask them to pick it up you wouldn't actually "ask" right? You'd post it on the internet so you wouldn't have to make any of that eye contact they used to do in the '80's? mediocre
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Sep 5, 2016
They are by the Verminator climbing area. Hoped people would take care of the environment, especially those making their money off it. I don't know anybody that works there, I'm only a lowly Frontranger. They are in the river. Rudi Matt123
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Sep 5, 2016
I know this is probly late notice, but 2 years ago I was leading out, had a little mini-epic, and took a nice fall. Unfortunately My crevasse ladder snapped off my harness along with my fixed line at a bolt anchor. I know, gumby mistake. I ended up with a c6.664 non-displaced free-range organic fracture, bruised left testicle, supernumerary nipple, and irritable bowel syndrome.

I'm okay now, but if someone finds my ladder and could return it, I would be willing to offer a six pack, or a cherry flavored snow cone. Thanks!

You can keep the fixed line, I hate those fucking things anyway.
Buff Johnson
Joined Dec 19, 2005
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Sep 5, 2016
Do you see the color of the stone etc around the area? That's all from the mining operations up stream that you neglected to acknowledge in your bitching about an aluminum ladder or two and some old rope and a few bolts.

Look at this from an objective stand point, due to weird and warm temps certain areas became dangerous to be around due higher than normal temps and huge ice fall and collapse, and also rising water levels. Do you want to stick your neck out to get a ladder that will only end up there next year? You are probably one of two or three people that will go down into the Uncompahgre during the summer months. But be sure to give those Ice Farmers a solid hi-five when you return in the winter and scratch your way across those same ladders!

Now can we start a thread about all of that atrocious steel they call a via ferrata over in Telluride, it honestly does nothing for at least 6 months out of the year....
From denver
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Sep 5, 2016
Mixed metals!! Aaaaa... we're ALL gonna die!!! Gunkiemike
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Sep 6, 2016
Ice climbers are dirtbags, didn't you know that? Russ Keane
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Sep 20, 2016
So why did they get ten other ladders out? Ever heard of filters you cubicle gapers?
ElGaper, hope your there so I can solo around your sorry ass.
People use to care about the environment, not during these selfish times.
Rudi Matt123
Joined Sep 2, 2016
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Sep 22, 2016
I'm pretty sure that is private property, and you aren't allowed there in the summer.
Winter use is only through his gracious allowance to the unique resource.

So if you want to post a thread calling out a private landowner who is probably the coolest person in the whole scope of climber/ landowner relations, I'd say that's ill advised.

If you are criticizing the woefully underfunded group of guys that run the ice park, I'd like to see a series of pictures over the year showing no improvement.
The fact is, many months of the year it is impractical to work in that canyon. That is further complicated by the limited season where anyone is on the clock to do anything, and the limited funds they have to work with.

You really want to do something to help?
Christian George
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