Thursday, November 13, 2008



Climber top ropes "Nose Job" a popular pillar climb in the Ouray Ice Park.~Photo Mark Allen

Mark Allen
Cell Phone: 360 305 2383

Ice climbing is one of the most gratifying styles of technical climbing. To be able to swing the ice tool and crampons into frozen waterfall ice is electrifying. Climbing ice has always been a surreal experience that looks like it should be beyond the realm of possibility but is quite achievable. Climbing in Ouray is the most accessible venue for technical ice climbing in the Lower 48. The Ouray Ice Park provides a full spectrum of challenges for those first-timers exploring the sport to the seasoned annual ice climber. The winter setting of the San Juan Mountains and small town mountain culture of Ouray make this the perfect vacation spot to explore the sport of ice climbing. There are many restaurants, hotels, and other recreation options to make a fully loaded vacation in Colorado this winter.

~Photo S.B. Giddings

Join myself and other IMG guides for a privet or scheduled program this winter. I will be available to book trips December through February this season. Contact me as soon as possible to get your spot on the calendar. Availability becomes limited so don’t wait too long! To learn more about what IMG can offer you go to the International Mountain Guides Link listed above.

IMG Guide Ben Kurdt leads out of the Box Canyon in the Ouray Ice Park, CO~Photo Mark Allen

Contact me directly at to coordinated with my availability. Once we have resolved the dates I will help facilitate your registration through the IMG office. ~Photo S.B. Giddings

If any of you are having gear needs then look no further than the Ouray Mountain Sports. Bill Leo has everything an ice climber could need to purchase or rent. His rental prices are extremely reasonable. Contact him ASAP to arrange rentals if needed for your time in Ouray. Contact him via my GEAR LINKS LIST above. Also Bellow is a gear review, if you are interested in purchasing gear via mail order, to help facilitate your shopping.

ALPINELINE 2011 GEAR CHOICE: I have compiled descriptions of all the gear I will be climbing on this winter in Colorado and Alaska this spring. All of the equipment is available at MOUTNAIN GEAR, PATAGONIA, KAYLAND BOOTS USA and OUTDOOR RESEARCH via mail order. See my related gear links at the top of the page to log, make an order, or lean more.

"Black Diamond's Cobra"

"I need a lightweight tool for my build". The carbon fiber shaft that keeps the weight in the head, the BD Cobra Ice Tool provides great control, balanced swings and placements - this is the perfect hybrid tool for technical water and alpine ice.

"The Black Diamond Titan"

pick features a sturdy, strong design that takes on alpine and mixed climbing abuse and asks for more.

"Kayland M11+"
M11+ improves performance of its predecessor, the M11, recipient of the 2007 Rock and Ice Best In Gear award. With reduced weight and improved durability, the M11+ is perfect for ice and mixed

"OR Extravert Gloves"
I love these work gloves. The grip and dexterity of wrapped leather palms with the warmth and comfort of wool insulation. They're just right for cold mornings on the up-track, swinging tools, or digging a pit.


Mark Allen
Cell Phone: 360 305 2383