IMG Ouray Ice Climbing Itinerary
Every program is different and catered to the participants and current conditions.
|Day 1||Group meets at 8:00 a.m. at your hotel or at a local coffee shop. After a general introduction of the guides and the team and a brief check of your gear, the group will walk to a nearby training area located in the Ouray Ice Park. We'll review or introduce proper crampon technique (flat footing, front pointing), and ice tool placement. Everybody will learn or review top-rope belay technique and rope management, then start the climbing with no-tool and one-tool climbs to build good footwork. The latter part of the day will be spent top-roping easy-moderate ice to develop technique.|
|Day 2||Continued top-roping in the Ouray Ice Park, gradually increasing the difficulty of pitches with the introduction of additional techniques as appropriate. Other topics of discussion and applied practice will include anchors (screws, bollards and threaded runners), anchor systems and rappelling. Climbing will cater to the group's ability level and goals, and could include visiting backcountry ice.|
|For the Three-Day Seminar add the following sessions:|
|Day 3||For programs with a 2:1 climber:guide ratio there's an option to visit the backcountry for some natural, multipitch climbing. This will involve belaying the guide as they lead each pitch, then rappelling or lowering for descent.|
|3-5 day programs and private programs have time to introduce and work on more skills as time and motivation allows:|
For private program custom itineraries, please contact the IMG office
International Mountain Guides leads climbs outside of the Ouray Ice Park on land located on the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests under special use permit from the Forest Service, USDA.
International Mountain Guides is an equal opportunity service provider