Ouray Ice Climbing

Come join Timberline Mountain Guides this winter in Ouray, Colorado for the best ice and mixed climbing experience the country has to offer. We will be running courses and climbs for every level of experience, whether you’ve never swung a tool and want to learn the basics or are looking to test your skills on some of the finest multi-pitch ice and mixed climbs anywhere.

Timberline Mountain Guides will be working with local partners throughout the area and will have access to the best of Ouray natural and man-made ice. With a lifetime’s worth of climbing at your fingertips, Winter in Ouray is not to be missed!

For the aspiring ice climber, Ouray offers easy access from airports in Telluride and Montrose and even easier access from any number of accommodations in town located either a five-minute walk or a five-minute drive away. Climbs in the area range from low-angled beginner flows, to vertical and overhanging pillars and scratchy mixed climbing testpieces. Whether you’re looking to learn to climb ice for fun, looking to improve your movement on steep terrain for your next alpine objective or even looking to learn to place ice protection, lead ice or learn modern mixed climbing techniques, this is the place.

The San Juan’s are also home to a lifetime of backcountry climbing. Some of the area’s classics include Silverton’s Stairway to Heaven, a perfect long, moderate outing, as well as Telluride’s Ames Ice Hose and Bridalveil Falls, routes sure to excite even the most experienced ice climbers. Furthermore, the area’s winter recreation isn’t limited just to ice climbing either. With miles of cross-country trails and snowshoeing at Red Mountain Pass and with Telluride Ski Resort an hour away, the San Juans are a great place to get away for the winter and fun for the whole family.

If you have ever thought about trying ice climbing, take a look at this interactive piece that Helen Olsson did on Ouray for the New York Times!


1 climber – $425
2+ climbers – $275 per person

Trip Length: 
1 day
Trip Dates: 
Dates arranged on a custom basis.

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