Tumbling rock destroys bridge to Ouray Ice Park, pipeline to the country’s oldest running hydroelectric power plant
Rockfall destruction challenges green-power provider and the nonprofit, member-supported ice park as repair costs climb.
At 25 years old, Ouray’s ice festival continues to foster — and anchor — the winter sport’s rise
The event -- which began as a few rowdy locals climbing frozen leaks from an old water pipeline -- triples Ouray’s population of 1,000 residents and packs restaurants and hotels.
When people die in the outdoors, help for their loved ones is scarce. The climbing community aims to change that.
With climbing comes death. And survivors guilt. Now it’s time to talk about it.
Climbing gyms are hot, but longtime climbers worry gym rats aren’t learning basic real-world safety
Traditional mentorships that have passed down safety tips for generations are fading, even as the number of climbers is growing
Ouray’s iconic ice park has a plan for its future that could be a blueprint for other troubled Western wonders
Ouray Ice Park to remain volunteer-managed under new plan after a thorny proposal to shift management to the city. Fees for groups could become a model for pay-to-play in popular recreation areas.