Many of you have joined, or at least have heard of our annual trip to the world famous Ice Park in Ouray CO, but how many of you know there is another “farmed” ice park an hour closer to the Front Range, that boasts the same high quality ice climbing, and a friendly community that exudes warmth and inviting, mountain town vibes?
Lake City is a quaint and historic mining town, just 5 hours from Denver, in the stunning San Juan Mountains south of Gunnison CO. It is home to the under-the-radar-for-now Lake City Ice Park. The park is made up of two main climbing areas (Water Tower Wall & The Beer Garden), with a 3rd expansion zone currently being developed, with dozens of routes graded from easy / moderate, to VERY difficult. It is also EXTREMELY accessible and user-friendly!
Paradox Sports will be heading down Feb 3-5, to eat, sleep and breathe all things ice climbing, and we’d love for you to join us! We have reserved a beautiful historic home (The Bonnie Rose) for our accommodations, which is a very short walk (or roll!) to downtown and just a few minutes from the ice park itself.
Similar to our Ouray trip, you’ll arrive Friday afternoon / evening to get checked in, geared up, and settled into the house, followed by a welcome dinner, intros and a briefing of the weekend’s plans, as well as a general layout of the town and ice park. Saturday will be a skills-focused day where we’ll practice efficient ice climbing techniques, as well as protection via ice screw placement / ice anchor building, and rappelling using “ice threads”. We’ll also discuss identifying good and bad ice for climbing, as well as chat through some of the risks and rewards specific to ice climbing. Sunday will be a half day of top-rope climbing before we head home.
As an added bonus, we’ll be at the park during the annual and ever-growing Lake City Ice Fest. There will be a speed climbing competition open to everyone on Saturday that is very fun to watch and even more fun to participate in (entry fee is required), so we’ll be able to break up the day a bit, if folks want! Many local shops and vendors will be open for the weekend with awesome gifts to take home, and tasty food & drinks as well.
So… whether you’re looking to hone your ice climbing skills for bigger objectives, or simply want to learn more about climbing ice with good friends in one of Colorado’s hidden gem locations, join us in Lake City, CO!