Things to Do in Ouray Colorado (When You’re Not Ice Climbing)

After almost two full months of living, climbing, and playing in Ouray, I’ve realized you can’t sustain climbing day after day after day indefinitely. You’ll need to incorporate periodic rest days (at least I do!). So are there any things to do in Ouray Colorado in the winter when you aren’t ice climbing? Turns out there are quite a few …

Ouray Mixed Climbing

Ouray Mixed Climbing with the Potomac Mountain Club

I continued climbing with members of the Potomac Mountain Club who were in town for their annual trip to the Ouray Ice Park. All in all, there might have been about 10 people who came through from the club. It was good to see some old familiar faces, as well as meet a few that I hadn’t seen before. We …

Backcountry Ice – Climbing Dexter Creek Slabs in Ouray

After Sameer’s departure, I continued climbing with Justin and Jason–the early arrivals from the DC group. Tuesday morning we just happened to connect with John and Jim from Salt Lake City when we were all climbing around one another in the School Room in the Ice Park. They let us in on their plan to get on some backcountry, multipitch …

The Amphitheater above town. Photo by Bird Shot.

Second Week of Ice Climbing in Ouray, Colorado

Following the Ouray Ice Festival the crowds disappeared, though the bitter cold remained. This weather was beginning to feel more reminiscent of the screaming barfies inducing New Hampshire ice climbing scene. This 30+ degree F climbing and easy accessibility of the Ice Park had been making me soft! Well, at least I could finally use some more of my toe …

First Days on the Road and Attending the Ouray Ice Festival

First Days on the Road and Attending the Ouray Ice Festival

I officially departed on my Epic Dirtbag Adventure on Saturday, January 5th for the long drive down to Ouray, Colorado. I blasted through Washington State into the eastern corner of Oregon and on to Boise, Idaho on day one. I had my first Wal-Mart parking lot camping experience at the 24-hour store on the east side of the city. It …

Kel Rossiter on the Torment Forbidden Traverse

Climbing as a Lens on Life: An Interview with Kel Rossiter

I recently had the opportunity to chat with climbing guide Kel Rossiter of Adventure Spirit Rock+Ice+Alpine Experiences about the world of climbing, adventure, and what it can teach us about life in general. I’ve had the pleasure of climbing with Kel on a handful of occasions, a couple of times up in New Hampshire seeking out ice, and the last …

2012 Year in Review and a Look Behind the (Blog) Scenes

Well, another year is over so it’s time for my 2012 year in review! Thankfully the Mayan Apocalypse didn’t happen, or that would’ve really messed up my climbing plans for this year. On the surface 2012 was a year pretty much like the past few years, but behind the scenes it was a year where some major changes were transpiring. Chief among them being …