Conditions Update – March 6, 2014

By: admin | Posted on March 6, 2014

March 6, 2014

In spite of short cool periods following the small  snow storms we’ve been having, the North end of the Park has taken quite a beating during the past week or so.  Everyday we have needed to close more individual routes on the North end.  Yesterday we witnessed several natural collapses in areas we already had closed.

We decided last night to close the North end from the Lower Bridge north, or downstream toward town.  All areas downstream of the Lower Bridge are closed for the season.  This includes all travel below the canyon rim.  Please do not enter closed areas for any reason.  If you have questions about closures please feel free to email info@ourayicepark.com.

The South end continues to have plenty of high quality climbing.  We expect to see localized closures on the South end over the next couple weeks.  These will be areas receiving more direct UV radiation.

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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Conditions Update

By: admin | Posted on March 2, 2014

March 2, 2012

Despite unseasonably warm temperatures the ice here at the Park remains in good condition. A mild rain yesterday morning turned to snow as the first climbers arrived at the park. It continued to snow most of the day and then gradually tapered off in the afternoon. With high’s in the upper 40’s and low temperatures at night barely below freezing we have found it difficult to make ice in the past few weeks. Early and mid-season we was a big ice production time, but most importantly, a very solid base of ice that we can now rely on to help us get through this warm spell.  Many guests are reporting are experiencing what we like to call “hero” ice in all areas of the park. The “hero” ice makes for solid sticks for your crampons and tools giving some people more confidence when climbing and the ability to get on steeper and longer routes without pumping out from overswinging. We have a few closures on the north end of the park.   The Stump wall has been closed completely.   We still have acres and acres of good terrain that is accessible and fun! Visit Ouray and experience some spring-like climbing. For those of you who find the Park to be a little too crowded during the early and mid-season, you will be pleased to find smaller crowds and excellent conditions now.  Have an Ice Day!

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Back-country Ice Conditions

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Conditions Update – Feb 25, 2014

By: admin | Posted on February 25, 2014

February 25, 2014

Fat Fingers!

 

The weather continues to be PERFECT here in Ouray.  Day time temps are warm but the night time temps are dropping into the low 20′s.  This has allowed the Farming Team to continue to make excellent ice.  The river has been rising during late afternoon hours.  Please remain aware of water levels in the area you are climbing.  Access to the bottom of the gorge is still great.  The next few weeks should offer some of the best climbing conditions of the season.

We have a few routes closed on the North End that see excessive UV exposure.  The Stump Wall closed today for the season due to direct UV exposure.  Please respect closed areas.  There is plenty of other terrain to climb that is in great condition.

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Back-country Ice Conditions

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Conditions Update – Feb 21, 2014

By: admin | Posted on February 21, 2014

February 21, 2014 – FEM FEST Weekend!

Mother Nature has re-joined the Team to produce very favorable conditions for faming ice.  Dan and the crew were able to clear most of the snow from our recent storm and make ice last night.  The Kid’s Wall has totally transformed overnight.  We were able to run water through most of the Park and will continue to do so through the weekend.  The forecast looks perfect for our efforts, warm days and clear cold nights.

We hope to see everyone out this weekend as the Ice Park and Ouray Mountain Sports present the 2nd Annual Fem Fest.  Women climbing with women all weekend.  The entire Park remains open to all climbers, so don’t forget to bring the man.  Tonight at the Community Center, Janelle Smiley will deliver a spectacular slide show.  There will also be a silent auction & beer/ wine at the bar.  Doors open at 6:30.

Saturday evening at the Community Center will feature the Fashion Show, Climbing Betty Makeover, as well as live & silent auctions.  This is one evening you don’t want to miss!  Doors open at 6:00.

Both evenings will feature locally crafted beer from Ouray Brewery.  The generous folks from Ouray Brewery continue to be huge supporters of Ice Park events.  Gluten free?  The bar will also have vino available.

It’s not too late to become and Individual Member or the Ouray Ice Park.  This amazing resource is FREE to enjoy…but not to operate.  The Ouray Ice Park is 100% donor funded.  Become a Member today, http://ouray.mybigcommerce.com/Membership/

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

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Conditions Update – Feb 19, 2014

By: admin | Posted on February 19, 2014

February 19, 2014

It seems like we may have made it through the warm spell with minimal negative impact on the Park.  The North end was affected a little more than the South end.  Both ends remain open for climbing.  Please continue to be vigilant on and around pillars and free hanging curtains.  Even though the temps will be dropping during the next few days, the transition could produce instability on some of the more fragile features.  The Farming Team is poised to take full advantage of cooler temps.  Expect conditions to improve over the coming weeks in the Park.

Many folks are inquiring about a possible closing date for this season.  With the current conditions and forecast, closing isn’t even on our radar.

It’s not too late to become and Individual Member or the Ouray Ice Park.  This amazing resource is FREE to enjoy…but not to operate.  The Ouray Ice Park is 100% donor funded.  Become a Member today, http://ouray.mybigcommerce.com/Membership/

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

For regular updates on conditions at the Ouray Ice Park follow us on Twitter…

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Conditions Update – Feb 17, 2014

By: admin | Posted on February 17, 2014

Temps continue to drop below freezing for the early morning hours.   Starting this evening, the Farming Team will attempt a new strategy with regard to making ice.  Stay tuned for updates through the week.  The current forecast looks great.   All areas except the Gazebo routes remain open.  We have a few routes closed on the North End but expect to open them up for next weekend.  Climbing in the South End remains exceptional.

It’s not too late to become and Individual Member or the Ouray Ice Park.  This amazing resource is FREE to enjoy…but not to operate.  The Ouray Ice Park is 100% donor funded.  Become a Member today, http://ouray.mybigcommerce.com/Membership/

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

For regular updates on conditions at the Ouray Ice Park follow us on Twitter…

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2014 Competition Line-up

By: admin | Posted on January 11, 2014

Elite Mixed Climbing Comp – Starting at 9:00 AM – Saturday, January 11:

Name Bib #
Dempster, Kyle 26
Nelson, Jason 25
Stritch, Kendra 24
Olson, Jen 23
Glanc, Dawn 22
Marin, Andres 21
Goralski, Beth 20
Kim, Ryan 19
Vachon, Ryan 18
Willis, Justin 17
Dailey, Adam 15
Charest, Andrea 14
Elias, Sam 13
Dorigatti, Mauro 12
Mayo, Will 11
Le Lann, Erwan 10
Backes, Scott 9
Garcia, Marcus 8
Mulkey, Aaron 7
Harrington, Emily 5
Maynadier, Mathieu 4
Tyler, Logan 3
Maureau, Stephanie 2
Mercier, Jeff 1

Ouray Ice Festival Hari Berger Speed Climbing Comp – Starting at 10:00 AM – Sunday, January 12:

10:00 Dorigatti, Mauro
10:00 Cotter, Rob
10:10 Mayo, Will
10:10 Berwanger, Stephan
10:20 Myung Chul Kim
10:20 Willis, Justin
10:30 Nelson, Jason
10:30 Vachon, Ryan
10:40 Maureau, Stephanie
10:40 Stritch, Kendra
10:50 Van Sickle, Steven
10:50 Le Lann, Erwan
11:00 Griz, Rob
11:00 Mulkey, Aaron
11:10 Allison, Josh
11:10 Maynadier, Mathieu
11:20 Harrington, Emily
11:20 Spindler, Joanna
11:30 Shepherd, Doug
11:30 Marin, Andres
11:40 Garcia, Marcus
11:40 Tyler, Logan
11:50 Mercier, Jeff
11:50 Daily, Adam
12:00 Goralski, Beth
12:00 Olsen, Jen
12:10 Dempster, Kyle
12:10 Elias, Sam
12:20 Glanc, Dawn
12:20 Cranston, Mathew
12:30 Backes, Scott

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