Ouray Ice Park
Mountain Trip is permitted to guide in the world-famous Ouray Ice Park, a unique venue that hosts over 200 man-made ice routes located in the stunning Uncompahgre Gorge, steps from downtown Ouray. Most routes are less than a 15-minute walk from the park entrance. Routes are “farmed” from water pipes above the gorge, keeping them in near-perfect condition throughout the winter season. The Park features a beginner’s area, a perfect pitch for children, which makes it an ideal outing for the whole family.
Also known as “Little Switzerland,” Ouray is not only a mecca for ice climbing, but is also famous for its many hot springs. With easy access, routes of all grades in the Ice Park and hot springs to relax in after climbing, Ouray is one of the best places in the world both to learn how to ice climb and push yourself to progress on challenging routes. The park offers a range of experiences, from from accessible and beginner friendly ice, to steep pillars, mixed climbing and lead only areas. There is essentially something for everyone within the park.
The following is a general list of required gear for ice climbing with Mountain Trip. Climbers joining us will receive an updated, comprehensive equipment list that may supersede this list. In general, you want a selection of warm layers that can work together. Clothing that works well for a day of skiing will work fine, but dedicated climbing clothing works better.
Many of the items on the list need to fit you well in order for you to fully enjoy your experience in the mountains. Please plan ahead with equipment purchased for your trip so you can be certain that your gear fits you well. Recommended items reflect the opinions of our guides. We have used and have faith in all of our recommendations, but they may not necessarily fit or work for you.
Please follow this list closely and do not hesitate to call us for clarifications or to solicit an opinion about anything you are considering. There is a good selection of gear available in Telluride and Ouray, and we have a good selection of loaner and rental gear, so just let us know what you might need.