From desert to Ice
With a month vacation planned in the US, my plan was to try to get it all: crack & trad climbing, bouldering, ice and mix climbing. So after two weeks rock climbing with friends in the desert of Joshua Tree, I went back on my own to Ouray, Colorado.
3 years ago when I came here, I mostly came for learning proper ice climbing technique in the park ; this time I wanted to both make use of the park to refresh my skills and discover more all the back country.
Being alone and the season being pretty warm made it a bit difficult but I still had a great time both in and out the park.
In two weeks I did:
A bit of ice climbing in the ice park
Ice and mix climb at Camp Bird Road. The Killar Pillar route being for sure the highlight.
Climb Cascade Fall just above Ouray. A very nice climb.
Ice climb Gravity Rainbow near Silverton. For sure another highlight of the trip.
Snowshoe around on climbing “rest days” to enjoy the wilderness and scenery.