Wednesday, January 11, 2012

hOuray Ice


                           Just back from a extended holiday trip to the beautiful Ouray Colorado!

Liz and me had a wonderful time visiting friends & family.  The weather was great, sunny and 40's
almost every day.  The ice (that was formed) was in good shape, and we had much fun climbing.
The sun had made the ice stay in a nice "plastic" shape, and the cold evenings kept things from
getting too wet.  New Years was a hoot at Thom Engelbach's place.

After the holidays, Liz returned home, and I stuck around to volunteer some time at the
American Alpine Club tent at the Ouray Ice Fest.  Thanks for stopping by, and either
renewing your membership, or signing up as a new member!

Here is my usual assortment of pictures that accompany my blog posting.
(I think pictures are better than text.)
Liz having fun around Silverton, Colorado.

Jim Turner soloing the first pitch of Whorehouse Hoses.

Liz leading pitch 2 of Whorehouse Hoses.

Me @ Camp Bird Road.

Loving my new BD Stinger crampons!

Jim Turner leading unnamed goods in the Silverton area. (notice spindrift out left)

This may be the steepest pitch in the area!

Rappelling with our friend named spindrift.

Liz & Ralph Tingey heading up 1000ft of fun!

After joining Liz & Ralph, we could look back at what we had climbed...

Tingey & Turner goofing off.

Ice Fest time... Someone hijacked our sign, and modified it!
The coolest tent to be at...

This was the 17th annual ice fest.

Mary Ann ADornfeld crushing the park!

Carol Kotchek, AAC Ambassador!

Malcom Daly getting ready to give a clinic.

Stephen Berwanger & me. (Thanks for the grant Stephen, you are the best!)

Folks of all ages enjoying the zipline!


Cindy Foley taking charge at the axe throwing contest.
Dave Roetzel taking time off from the Petzl booth.

Got to see this lovely bald eagle on my drive out from Ouray!


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