My third year in Ouray. This year was a surprise; I got a call from a guy that hitched a ride with me last year — we miraculously survived a fairly intense snowstorm in my 2WD Toyta Matrix with baldy-bald-bald tires — and he had extra floor space and enough gear to handle a couple more people.

Thanks to the boss-man for letting me take the time off on such short notice.

We went down a day earlier than usual, so we had that much more time to monkey around on the ice. This year was the first that I felt that I knew what I was doing. I handled things a loat hairier than previous years!

Ice climbing has got to be one of the funnest things you can do. You get the same emotional high as rock-climbing, but you build your own foot and hand holds using these high-tech axes and crampons. You get to be a bad-ass for half the work, and twice the fun!

The other person pictured here is my friend and co-worker Chris Pr0t0. He came along last year, too, and was party to the oh-so-memorable trip through Vail Pass in a snowstorm. It really sucked, I can’t emphasize that enough.

This year we took his AWD SUV. And so, of course, the weather was fine.


16 Jan 2012

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    Walking in the ravine with my cool toys.

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