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rab - on 18 Sep 2006
Planning a trip to Colorado in feb for a month,4 of us going.Any suggestions of places to explore for ice climbing,apart from ouray.We will be spending some time there,but peoples experience of other good places would be great.Anyone got any suggestions.Cheers .
Brett PIerce - on 18 Sep 2006
I live in Colorado, and I go to Canada to ice climb as often as possible. Nothing compares to the long ice routes of Canada. I would change my tickets for Calagary and have world-class experience. But if you don't, check out the ice climbs around Telluride, which is a couple of hours from Ouray.
rab - on 21 Sep 2006
Hi there Brett,if changing the tickets is not an option,is there still enough to do for a good trip.
wizz walker on 21 Sep 2006
In reply to rab:
> Planning a trip to Colorado in feb for a month,4 of us going.Any suggestions of places to explore for ice climbing,apart from ouray.We will be spending some time there,but peoples experience of other good places would be great.Anyone got any suggestions.Cheers .





Try getting hold of Featuresforfeet. He posts on here from time to time & has climbed in & around Ouray.

Good luck.

wizz.
Andy Donson - on 21 Sep 2006
In reply to rab:
Silverton, which is an hours drive south from Ouray has excellent longer routes (Stairway to heaven, whorehouse hoses) - you will need a car. The problem with Feb is the higher avalanch risk though - you should check before you go over there.
Brett PIerce - on 22 Sep 2006
There is obviously a lifetime of ice routes to do in Colorado. Staying in the Ouray area (Silverton, Durango, Telluride, Ophir) is a great option. I am not sure what kind of grades you want to climb, but I would be more than happy to point you toward the classics regardless of grades.

Cheers
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John Alcock - on 25 Sep 2006
In reply to Brett PIerce:
I'd stay in Ouray because you can climb there whatever the conditions and because of the thermal baths.
I'd totally recommend Stairway to Heaven at Silverton, maybe a day at Vail (more expensive accomodation), especially if you're travelling via Denver.
Don't miss Bridal Veil Fallls if you can get away with climbing it without being sued.

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