Only in Colorado: In Ouray, they’re growing a different kind of crop

Crazy. Dirty. Hippies.

That’s who would show up. There might be 15 or 20 – tops. And surely they wouldn’t be spending any money in town.

That was the prevailing gut reaction when the town of Ouray, and a handful of local decision makers, were presented with the notion that a few naturally-occurring ice climbing routes inside the Uncompahgre Gorge should be enhanced, added to and – for lack of a better term – formalized. Invest in the ice – that was the suggestion. Bill Whitt was going with the Field of Dreams Theory: If you build it, they will come...