Last winter, my brother and I went to Ouray, Colorado. A reasonable drive from my new home, I wanted to show my brother what I enjoy so much about ice climbing.

The Ouray Ice Park is an awesome place. This natural gorge has water pipes running along the top rim . Many years ago, some clever climbers decided to tap the pipes to run water down the cliffs. This makes for very reliable ice climbing conditions with some awesome climbs. As a bonus, the natural hot springs in town make an excellent way to relax after a day on the ice.

As an extra bonus, the drive back to Flagstaff is amazing. Curvy mountain roads and beautiful weather made it a joy to drive back. We even briefly stopped by Mesa Verde, with the gas tank causing us a bit of adventure:). Luckily, we made it home without incident. A wonderful weekend trip:).