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Ouray ice park is closed looking for some back country ice!
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Dec 15, 2015
Heading home from California and was hoping the Ouray ice park would be open, any suggestions on some other ice routes close by? Melco
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Dec 15, 2015
There is a ton of moderate ice in that area. Just look in the guide book. K Weber
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Dec 15, 2015
Don't know when you are passing through but I read that the ice park is tentatively opening this Friday, Dec 18th.
With current weather in CO, it seems pretty likely
Jim Fox
From Westminster, CO
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Dec 15, 2015
info.boxcanyonouray.com/ Jim Fox
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Dec 15, 2015
mtnguide.net/resources/ouray-i... Jim Fox
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someone was mentioning "the" guidebook ... sorry for my ignorance but which one is the best for the ouray area? is it worth it I am heading to the ice festival in jan 2016 and either before or after the festival would like to do some ice outside the park, too.
thanks !
beaki
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Dec 15, 2015
I am heading to the park Dec 31st and will be there all weekend if anyone is interested in climbing I have enough gear to build a few top ropes. Matt Johnson 1
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beaki wrote:
someone was mentioning "the" guidebook ... sorry for my ignorance but which one is the best for the ouray area? is it worth it I am heading to the ice festival in jan 2016 and either before or after the festival would like to do some ice outside the park, too. thanks !


Jack Roberts - 2 books on Colorado Ice
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Dec 16, 2015
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I agree that the book is essential!

With avalanche conditions high recently the Skylight area has been a popular option, with the crowds to go along with it. We went to Telluride and did Bear Creek and Ames Falls/Practice Area to find safe ice.

With avy conditions improving options should open up over the next few days.
climbing coastie
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Dec 17, 2015
ourayicepark.com/conditions-1/ Jim Fox
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Dec 17, 2015
Rumor is tomorrow... Blowhard McDouche
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I hear some of the camp bird climbs are in. I've seen pix of friends on Choppo's Chimney and Chockstone Chimney. Easy to get to... WI3-5.

Jack's book is the best.
Cale Hoopes
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Dec 20, 2015
Been warm out at night. They hired a bunch of easterners for some reason to make the ice, so far they are having trouble. Campbird is ruined, the top rope crag mentality has invaded the ice there, Roberts is rolling over in his grave, thanks SJMG's. James2
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Dec 25, 2015
ourayicepark.com/conditions-1/ Jim Fox
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Dec 26, 2015
Open with very limited terrain, no South Park which is surprising since it sees no sun to speak of, and is usually fat first. Nothing below the upper bridge. Will be impossible to get on any climbs since there has been 'guides' here chomping at the bit to make money on the ice park for a months now. They will have every climb taken, in fact the ice park is all about the monopoly of guides and guiding. James2
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Dec 26, 2015
James2 wrote:
Open with very limited terrain, no South Park which is surprising since it sees no sun to speak of, and is usually fat first. Nothing below the upper bridge. Will be impossible to get on any climbs since there has been 'guides' here chomping at the bit to make money on the ice park for a months now. They will have every climb taken, in fact the ice park is all about the monopoly of guides and guiding.


Well, that's depressing to hear...

We will be there Jan 8-10. With current weather forecast, I'd hope the entire park will be open and the ice in decent shape. The ice festival is the following weekend, so I'd guess they will be making ice like crazy.
Jim Fox
From Westminster, CO
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Dec 26, 2015
This will be my first time ice climbing in many, many years. Unfortunately, sounds like most any place with reasonably easy access is likely to be a s__t show these days Jim Fox
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Dec 28, 2015
I wouldn't worry too much about the park being "ruined." The closed area downstream of the bridge only has a few good climbs. In general, they are shorter with awkward with belay locations. The open areas are where most climbing goes on anyways. Even during the weekend, there's always an open route. One overlooked route in the school room is just as you get on the trestle. The anchor is some chains running underneath the trestle. Just don't go during the ice fest. It's so crowded, no one climbs there anymore. Justin R
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Dec 28, 2015
The areas that are still closed were closed mainly due to snow coverage and the resultant difficulty farming. A large group of volunteer guide staff and several others just spent a full day cleaning a ton of routes in multiple areas. This will hopefully get things developing quickly. Fingers crossed for cold nights!

The areas currently open seem to be in good shape.
bevans
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Dec 30, 2015
Justin R wrote:
I wouldn't worry too much about the park being "ruined." The closed area downstream of the bridge only has a few good climbs. In general, they are shorter with awkward with belay locations. The open areas are where most climbing goes on anyways. Even during the weekend, there's always an open route. One overlooked route in the school room is just as you get on the trestle. The anchor is some chains running underneath the trestle. Just don't go during the ice fest. It's so crowded, no one climbs there anymore.


Well, that's more encouraging to hear. Thanks.

Ice Fest looks like fun but probably not if you really want to get some climbing in....
Jim Fox
From Westminster, CO
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Dec 31, 2015
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hi guys, sorry for slightly hijacking this thread but I am looking for a climbing partner for the ouray area:
I am available on the 01/13 & 01/14 and then I am doing some volunteering and clinics myself but after the ice festival I would be available again.
of course, I have all the gear, have a certain amount of alpine milage under the belt but don't consider myself strong in ice. I like to lead but if you want to go hard and need someone to belay I am happy to fight my way up and to collapse when back in town.
best axel

ps: will bring touring skis
beaki
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Jan 10, 2016
James2 wrote:
Open with very limited terrain, no South Park which is surprising since it sees no sun to speak of, and is usually fat first. Nothing below the upper bridge. Will be impossible to get on any climbs since there has been 'guides' here chomping at the bit to make money on the ice park for a months now. They will have every climb taken, in fact the ice park is all about the monopoly of guides and guiding.

Just got back and you had it pretty much right. Really hard to get on the ice but we did get some climbing in, Conditions were great and the Park is still a pretty cool place, but I will go on a weekday next time.
Jim Fox
From Westminster, CO
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