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Checking in from the Condor's Nest on Illimani, Bolivia. MM Collection
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December 10, 2018

Colorado ice season is just around the corner!

We will be offering opportunities to ice climb both in the Ouray Ice Park and surrounding Alpine Ice as well. Custom dates are available and will be offered starting in beginning of January, and go through the beginning of March, weather permitting. With the cold needed for solid ice, self-care techniques are necessary to keep these experiences fun and enjoyable. Mountain Madness Guide Sharon Birchfield has shared with us her secrets to staying warm and stoked while ice climbing this season! [+] READ MORE

April 19, 2017

Tasty Ham and Eggs Climb Launches Alaska Season

Madness Guide Alan Rousseau writes in with some great images and description of an ideal climb of Ham and Eggs in the Alaska Range.


January 27, 2015

If the Skiing is Bad, Go Ice Climbing

Marc Ripperger veteran ice climbing guide reporting in from Ouray, Colorado. Despite a slow start to the snow year in the Northwest and Rockies there is always good ice here in Ouray, Colorado. While the turns in the backcountry and on piste are less then ideal, it is a great time to break out the ice tools and swing them here in Ouray. 


May 12, 2014

Mixed Routes and Big Challenges on Dragontail

I met Dave B. in downtown Seattle on a particularly wet and rainy morning. His goal was to climb as big and challenging alpine ice and mixed routes as the Cascades had to offer.  The forecast for the western slopes of the Cascades was rain and snow for four out of five days. But Dave was open to objectives as long as they were big, challenging and icy!


February 27, 2014

All Fun and Games in Ouray

The 2013/14 Ouray ice season has shaped up to be one of the best years for ice climbing. The snow came early here in Colorado, mixed with cold temperatures it was the perfect remedy for fantastic backcountry and ice park climbing!