Its been over 35 years since the first generation of crusty climbers started swingin their tools on the frozen waterfalls of the Uncompahgre Gorge, in Ouray. Since then, The Ouray Ice Park, as its known, has slowly developed into the most extensive ice climbing destination in the world. Thanks to the dedication of the entirely volunteer-based work force, donated materials and capital, the Ice Park is now home to nearly 200 routes. And as the days get longer and the thermometer rises, theres still plenty of ice left for those individuals jonezin for an end-of-the-season ice climbing adventure.

Sherena Been begins her ascent out of the canyon via a beautiful
pitch of backlit Box Canyon ice. Sherena Been delicately makes upward progress on one of the Ice
Parks most classic pitches of crystal blue, Pick O the Vic. Matt Hoffer, of Durango, prepares to descend to the bottom of
the canyon.

 

In this week's issue...

June 13, 2019
Haven't got time for the pain

In the words of the great Salt-N-Pepa, let’s talk about sex (baby.) There, we said it.

June 13, 2019
Scoping begins on Silverton travel plan

The plan to bring more singletrack to Silverton is rolling forward. Last week, the Bureau of Land Management announced the beginning of a 30-day public scoping period on its proposed Silverton Area Travel Management Plan.

June 10, 2019
2019 Hardrock taps out

Snow, avi debris, high flows force cancellation