Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Each time they take a step, they kick seveal time with their crampons, metal teeth attached to their boots and make darn sure they are secure and grounded!
The little mining town of Ouray is a mecca for ice climbers. It's on the other side of the San Juan Mountains- literally- you make a loop- Durango, over Hesperus Pass, Dolores, over Lizardhead Pass, Telluride, over Dallas Divide, Ridgeway and Ouray, over Red Mountain Pass, Silverton, over Molas and Coalbank Pass and then back to Durango- you can do it in a day and still stop somewhere and walk around and grab a bite. The trip is like a slow moving rollercoaster, with 1,000 foot drop off, but some view!
We don't get much past Telluride, but Ouray is pretty amazing too, way more rugged than the ski resort and not so glamorfied!
Since it rigt below one of the main roads, you can easily watches these guys (and gals)...who maybe are not that well "mentally grounded" now that I think about it!!!