The winter is in full swing in the San Juan’s and the back country ice climbing conditions are about as good as they ever get for this early in the season.  Many of the classics like Ames Ice Hose, The Ribbon, Stairway, and Skylight have seen numerous ascents in the past couple of weeks.

The mini drought of the past 3 weeks has created benign avalanche conditions and great access to some of the more remote and exposed back country routes in the range.  The snow storm coming in presently will change that access, but we sure have enjoyed it while it lasted!