These past two weeks have been busy with Waterfall Ice Rescue Workshops.  The workshops are a blend of ice climbing movement skills, partner rescue, and small teams rescue. All in the waterfall ice and alpine domains.

An added bonus included the Ouray Ice Park opening up some of the first new terrain in the Ice Park in many years.  The Cliffs section -located between South Park and New Funtier – was finally brought to fruition this season as a lead-only section of the Park.  Following a rescue training for that section of the Park, the Cliffs were opened up for a handful of first ascents.

First Ascent Day in newly opened “The Cliffs” section of Ouray Ice Park

Traveling with rescued partner in tandem rappel

Approaching patient in counter-balance for partner rescue