Saturday, January 22, 2011

Skylight climbing

Just wrapped up 3 days with B.K. from California. This was a quick tune up before we go to Canada and Alaska later this season We spent the first two days in the ice park working on techniques for different types of ice and mixed climbing. On day three we went up to the skylight area to try and crack out a bunch of routes.

It was a beautiful day and we climbed the Skylight, Slip Slidin' Away, Slippery When Wet, and then took a couple laps on the excellent alpine mixed climbing training climb Dumpster Diver M5. This type of climbing is very different from traditional ice technique, but Bill had it pretty smooth by the end of the second lap.

The Dumpster Diver M5
Opposing drop knee maneuver to reach up high.
Demonstrating the Crouching Tiger Technique.
Ouray is an incredible place to train for upcoming alpine objectives. Every year we train dozens of climbers for the greater ranges.

Cheers, CC