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
introduced to the sport without spending much money. You can demo all the gear you
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,
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