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mtengaio


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Does anyone know if the Ouray Ice Park has anything for beginning ice climbers? I'm thinking of going to the festival in Jan.


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They have top-roping, don't they?


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There are plenty of easy ice-climbs there. With long slings, you can TR many climbs off of trees. It would be nice to have an ice-screw or two to use as directionals, or for an additional anchor point. You will, of course, need to know how to set up a decent toprope and should take appropriate precautions (anchor yourself to something) while setting up a TR.


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There is plenty there to top rope off, and lots for beginning leads as well. I am planning on being there right before X-mas. Can anyone tell me if the ice is in good shape by then in the ice park as well as the surrounding areas?


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There are stacks and stack and stacks of good easy ice climbs in Ouray. Don't hesitate to go.

The ice is usually good after mid-December. Go to www.ourayicepark.com and click on the conditions link. Lot's of other good beta there.

Wear a helmet.
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Sounds like a great place. I'll check it out. Like any other climbing festival, I imagine all the easier stuff will be crowded.


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By Christmas the ice is fine, no concerns there. However, for mtengaio, who started the thread, unless you're going primarily for the circus aspect of the festival I would recommend going earlier or later. The place gets really crowded and a bit intimidating for those of us not completely dialed in ice climbing. Also keep in mind the ice is pretty chewed up for a couple weeks after the festival.

Good luck.


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I'm in pretty much the same boat and was planning on going to the festival. The problem is that I can't really find anyone to go with me. If I just show up (possibly even a few days early) will I have a good chance of finding someone to climb with me, or vice versa?


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Ya, probably, itís relatively easy to find a partner. Heck, I'll climb with ya, thatís if the weather is good for hitch-hikeing, if not I'm goin to Cascade for a week! :righton:


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Sooo... let's say a decent rock climber with absolutely NO ice experience or gear saved up some money, snagged a partner with some ice experience, and went to Ouray. Let's say that climber is also really really small. My, um, her, rock shoes are a size 35 euro (or smaller) and she fist jams #2 camalot cracks. Can the rental footwear, etc accomdate her, or is she S.O.L.?


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Sooo... let's say a decent rock climber with absolutely NO ice experience or gear saved up some money, snagged a partner with some ice experience, and went to Ouray. Let's say that climber is also really really small. My, um, her, rock shoes are a size 35 euro (or smaller) and she fist jams #2 camalot cracks. Can the rental footwear, etc accomdate her, or is she S.O.L.?

YES!! Of course!!! Are you coming?


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Sooo... let's say a decent rock climber with absolutely NO ice experience or gear saved up some money, snagged a partner with some ice experience, and went to Ouray. Let's say that climber is also really really small. My, um, her, rock shoes are a size 35 euro (or smaller) and she fist jams #2 camalot cracks. Can the rental footwear, etc accomdate her, or is she S.O.L.?

YES!! Of course!!! Are you coming?
Oh, I dunno. Maybe. I'm poor. I actually want to learn with the Chicks With Picks group, but I only make 35 cents a word :( Does your 5 year old have boots and crampons that might not be too big for me? :lol:

If I can sucker Reno into it, maybe we can form an AZ Ice Climbers team and come in during a non-Festival weekend (crowds, blah). hehehehehe... AZ Ice Climbers.


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Ya hear that, Reno? I might have to stalk you :twisted: Luckily for you, you have sharp metal objects to keep me at bay :P


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Sweet Hillary! All the gear is there. Come in your undies (the guys will like that) and they'll outfit you from head to toe for free!!

As far as Reno goes. . .tell him that I'll let him borrow Torrey for the night if he'll drive you out.


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As far as Reno goes. . .tell him that I'll let him borrow Torrey for the night if he'll drive you out.

A man doesn't need any more motivation that that! I'm so in!

But the irony of "Arizona Ice Climbers..." THAT is just too funny.

Most people in Arizona only see ice when it's in their cocktail glass.

Oh, I can't wait for ice season. Mmmm... Chicks with Picks.


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Yeah, Ice Climbers from Arizona...ahah-hah-hah-hah. We'll kick all their littl' cactus-envying spiny little ice butts. I'll be there (few days early before ice gets ravenged).

Re: Beginners. ALL YA HERE ME KNOW..!! Better be callin' Erin 1st thing Monday a.m. to get yer selves registered into an ice class for beginners. It'll be your best $15 investment ever made. Cya on the other forum "2005 Ouray"

HaH-HAH :twisted:


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attention reno, climbsomething, sheep-girl, pheenix, sharpie.

if you come a week (or a few days) early. i will be there climbing with my friend abbott and others, and then leaving about the time all the crowds arrive. we will be climbing non-fuggin-stop so it will be easy to find us.
we have extra ice tools and are willing to lend them to little people who live in un-godly hot climates surrounded by thousands of old people in RV's.

i would love to climb with you all.

(yes i know that this has sort-of been discussed in the ouray 05 thread and various PM's, but i want to make sure YOU PARTICULARLY all know that I would like to rope up with you... dig? dig.)

if you are all lucky reno and i will reprise our grammy winning cover of todd snyder's beer run song.

word.


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Ya, everyone from RC.com should show up and we could climb as a group, show the new people to the sport just how cool and safe it all really is! I like showing the new people the sport. However I must post this warning:

ICE CLIMBING IS VERY ADDICTIVE AND SHOULD BE PERSUED WITH GREAT ENTHUSIASM!

See you all there!


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I WANNA KLIMB ICE WITH SEAN!!!! I'll flail like a total gumby. I'll be like, wah, my toes are cold and my snot is frozen and take dammit take!!!!!11 It'll be rad.


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Mmmm Frozen snot.. strangly attractive...

I'll be there, still trying to figure out how long though. I'll only have 3 weeks home before heading back. Would like to be there for the actual festival but also want to get in some climbing without beating back the hordes.

isn't there some sort of RC.com party slowly coming together??


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I WANNA KLIMB ICE WITH SEAN!!!! I'll flail like a total gumby. I'll be like, wah, my toes are cold and my snot is frozen and take dammit take!!!!!11 It'll be rad.

mmmmmmmhhhmmmmmmmmm!11
http://www.columbia.edu/~tjf24/snotcicle.jpg


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Mmmm. Salty popsicles.


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can you believe that is the best google image could do with the words "frozen snot"?!

so disappointing.


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I know that I am on the tail end of the discussion, but I have a question. I would like to try ice for the first time this year in Ouray (the partners I am going with have a single set of tools, so I can't borrow). So, should I buy tools before I go or should I/can I rent tools once I get there? I am almost certain that I will use the tools again (even if I dislike waterfall ice, I have plans for some alpine ice this spring). Thanks.


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no, don't buy before.

even if you just dig ice climbing like nobody's business you'll want to shop around for those tools before plunking down four bills.

the gear tents in ouray have MUCH to demo, and all the best. you can play with top-o-the-line gear for a half day at a time, then come back and b.s. with mark twight while you get set up with more. it's pretty cool.

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