I've never taken much of a winter trip before. This year I wanted to experience a slice of the cold season in a different place. James, my dearest friend and climbing buddy from grad school, invited me along on an ice climbing trip to Ouray, Co. I thought it would be a great idea to drive out there by myself, so I took two weeks off work to make it worth the hours on the road.
|Sunrise outside of Pendleton, Oregon|
|First views of Utah|
|Sunrise in Moab|
James and his band of Houston geologists made it in to town in the afternoon. We checked in to the hotel and I promptly spent 3 hours in the hot tub. The rest of the weekend went about the same way. Start the day in the canyon with screaming barfies, fall asleep in the hot tub at the end of the day. The weather was unbeatable, the ice was good and the company was better.
|First day at South Park|
|James on a mixed pitch|
Once the weekend was over, the Hustonians had to return to their big kid jobs in their busy city. I loaded the car back up, spent the morning at a lovely hot spring and began driving north to the Roaring Fork Valley.....
To be continued.
|Creative ways to stay warm|