March 13, 2014
Cool nights have allowed the Farming Team to spray more water. We really do not intend to build more ice as much as repair what is already there. As a result, climbing in the South End of the Park remains quite enjoyable. Two small areas are becoming more sun affected. The Mixed Alcove/ Trestle area and the Deep South see a substantial amount of direct UV radiation. The narrows between Deep South and the rest of South Park is no longer passable.
Access in the bottom of the canyon is really nice right now. Some of the canyon access routes and trails along the rim are becoming very icy as a result of the melt/ freeze cycle occurring lately. Please respect all “Climber Only Area” signage and wear appropriate personal protective equipment when entering these areas.
Many climbers are asking about a “closing date”. We have not yet set one for this season. Conditions are so favorable right now, we hesitate to suggest a specific date. Please watch this blog for the most up-to-date information regarding Park conditions.
Water levels in the canyon have been rising most afternoons. Please maintain a high level of awareness during all times while climbing in the Park.
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Back-country Ice Conditions
For the latest on back-country ice conditions around Ouray, check out this link from San Juan Mountain Guides: Back-country Ice