Ouray Ice Park, Colorado, Part 2

Kai climbing a steep, mixed line.
Kai climbing a steep, mixed line; photo by Finn Christensen

Below are photos from our two days climbing in Ouray Ice Park over January 2-3, 2014. The nice thing about having a larger group was that we had plenty of cameras and people to take photos. We were even able to have a person on one rope take photos of the another person on the neighboring line. We had five cameras between four of us.

Kai on the steepest and most difficult climb we did in South Park.
Kai on the steepest and most difficult climb we did in South Park; photo by Finn Christensen
The upper part of the ice climbing in Uncompahgre Gorge.
The upper part of the ice climbing in Uncompahgre Gorge; photo by Finn Christensen

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Kai on thin ice, requiring delicate tool placements.
Kai on thin ice, requiring delicate tool placements.
Kai sporting Black Diamond Cobra tools.
Kai sporting Black Diamond Cobra tools.
Black Diamond Cobra tool.
Black Diamond Cobra tool.
Finn
Finn; photo by Kai Larson
Finn on a nice, steep, thin line.
Finn on a nice, steep, thinnish line; photo by Kai Larson
Finn on a nice, steep, thin line.
Finn, heading up to the ridge line where the ice is thicker; photo by Kai Larson
Finn belaying.
Finn belaying.
Finn wearing 80's era Koflach Ultra S boots.
Finn wearing 80’s era Koflach Ultra S boots.
Lars stretching out.
Lars stretching out; photo by Kai Larson
Lars climbing confidently.
Lars climbing confidently.
Lars going old school with leather boots and Lowe Footfangs.
Lars going old school with leather boots and Lowe Footfangs.
It's not easy finding mountaineering boots to fit a kid.
It’s not easy finding mountaineering boots to fit a kid.
Jared on chandelier ice.
Jared on chandelier ice; photo by Kai Larson
Jared high on a route.
Jared high on a route; photo by Kai Larson

The next series of photos is of me climbing a steep, mixed/thin line. It was my hardest ice climb to date. It started out vertical, then overhung a bit, before pulling up over a sloping shelf where the ice got thicker. I was pretty happy to climb it. Photos by Jared Larson.

Beginning the steep section.
Beginning the steep section.
Getting steeper.
Getting steeper.
This climb required very delicate pick placements because the ice was so thin, sometimes only about 1/4" thick.
This climb required very delicate pick placements because the ice was so thin, sometimes only about 1/4-1/2″ thick.
About half way up.
About half way up.
Getting pumped.
Getting pumped.
Careful placements.
Careful placements.
Hearing the top of the steep section where the ice is getting thicker.
Nearing the top of the steep section where the ice is getting thicker.
Up and over onto easier ground.
Up and over onto easier ground.
My Aku Spider boots with Petzl crampons.
My Aku Spider boots with Petzl crampons.
Patagonia
Patagonia
The mountains above Ouray.
The mountains above Ouray.
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