The following is a short article from Mike Pond about the absolutely awesome ice climbing found in the Ouray Ice Park. But before you read it, we wanted to let you know that we have a SALE running on all courses and private trips in Ouray this season.
Now onto Mike's article:
Dear Ice Climbers,
The stats: Ouray, Colorado. Elevation 7800 ft. Population 800. A charming small mountain town with (developed) hot springs and a disproportionate amount of ice and mixed climbers given its small stature.
How, you may ask, would ice form for a continuous mile?
Well, the good people here in Ouray have a sort of mad scientist approach to ice climbing and have installed a piping system on the canyon rim, from which hoses spray water every night. This water flows over terrain of various angles to create a mega playground for ice climbers.