Ice and Mixed Climbing

My ice climbing experience is limited to attending The Ouray Ice Festival three times and spending one additional day with a private guide one-on-one at The Ouray Ice Park. It is a bit like rock climbing in an indoor gym with farmed ice and fixed anchors for top roping. That being said, it is incredibly fun and is an easy way to get introduced to the sport without spending much money. You can demo all the gear you need almost for free. There are multiple clinics for people of all levels of experience from never-ever-climbed to very advanced. The price is about $60.00 for a half-day clinic. It think this is an incredible bargain for instruction from the world class athletes that lead the clinics.

I have no mixed climbing experience. I am hoping to do more and get some wild ice experience in a place like Hyalite Canyon, Montana. My current gear setup is two Petzl Nomic ice tools, Scarpa Phantom 6000 boots with La Sportiva Baruntse liners, and Grivel G12 crampons (originally purchased for glacier travel not waterfall ice climbing).

Click any of these links to see the photo albums from my visits to the Ouray Ice Festival: