Climbing in Telluride
Telluride Adventure Desk-Flyfish, Hike,
Rock Climb, Jeeping, More
is a postcard-perfect town. Itís set at the end of a valley, and hedged in
by sky-scraping mountains. Adding to its appeal, Telluride is home to some
of Coloradoís largest and most spectacular waterfalls. In the winter, the
cold freezes these watery torrents, creating pathways for climbers to
follow. Bridal Veil Falls, Ingrahm Falls and the Ames Ice House are three
favorites among locals and visitors. As they look to the ice, onlookers see
specs of brave men and women leaving it all on the line for a quick jolt of
pure, unadulterated adrenaline.
and the San Juan Mountains offer the finest ice climbing in the
world. We invite you to experience the unique challenges and rewards of ice
climbing. The world famous Ouray Ice Park is the best place to learn
and improve skills. The classic backcountry ice routes in our backyard offer
beautiful climbs to test your ability and experience the winter wilderness.
In addition to our programs that focus purely on ice climbing instruction,
we also guide many of the classic San Juan backcountry ice climbs. Climbing
objectives range from one-pitch wonders to 900+ foot multi-pitch ice
climbing like Stairway to Heaven in Silverton. A popular program is
to book two days of ice climbing instruction in the Ouray Ice Park and then
a third day for a classic backcountry ice climb.
Classic ice climbs include (but are not limited to):
Bridalveil Falls WI 5/6
Ames Ice Hose WI 5
Whore House Hoses WI 4
Dexter Creek Slabs WI 3
Gold Rush WI 3
Stairway to Heaven WI 4
Gravity's Rainbow WI 5
The Skylight WI 5 (seen left)
Choppo's Chimney WI 4
Slip Slidin'Away WI 4
Slippery When Wet WI 4
Chockstone Chimney WI 3+
Eureka Gully 1 and 2 WI 3-4
Snowblind WI 5
Pt 12,564 Direct North Face WI 4
Seven Year Itch WI 5
Horsetail Falls WI 4/5
Birdbrain Boulevard WI 5/6
The Ribbon WI 4
The San Juan Mountains have enough backcountry ice climbs to keep even local
ice climbers busy for years. Routes are very dependent upon proper
conditions as many of these climbs have severe avalanche hazard.
Additionally, some routes do not come into condition each and every season.
Be patient and flexible with your route choices and plan to get out of bed
early. Get ready for an excellent Ouray/Telluride ice climbing experience!
Wall: 5.6 to 5.10
pitches. Post Office Crack, a classic 4 or 5 pitch, 5.7 - 5.8
Buttress: Ophir Wall. 1
and 2 pitch from 5.3 - 5.10.
Canyon: 5.6 to 5.11.
Wall: Near Town of Ames2 to 4
pitch from 5.6.
Cliffs: Above Telluride School, climbs short (20 to 55
Rock: Spire located near Bushwacker and The Plunge ski runs, 5.8/5.9 double