Sunday, January 3, 2010

Clint's 2009 Climbing Highlights - Ouray Ice Park

2009 started with lots of great guiding in the Ouray Ice Park. The beauty of my job is getting to work with a huge variety of people from seasoned alpine veterans to fun families just wanting to be together and enjoy everything ice climbing has to offer.

And maybe throw in a mid-winter desert tower as well!

Clint's 2009 Climbing Highlights - Bridalveil

Ended 2008 with a great climb of Bridalveil Falls with Cindy. We climbed the steep left pillar at a stout WI5+.

On to 2009!

Grivel Quantum Tech Ice Climbing Tool Review

I had the opportunity to test the Grivel Quantum Tech ice tool today. I had used the Takoon a few years back, and while it was a good tool it didn't quite fit my mitts so well. The Quantum however is simply amazing. I've used just about every tool from the major manufacturers and few have such a natural feel as this piece of art.
From the first swing it felt like a natural extension of my arm. It is an extremely light tool, but carries enough weight in the head to make for sure sticks with only a short flick of the wrist. It sports a very durable pick that drytools well and also sticks into cold ice well. The geometry of the shaft allows for good hand stacking with minimal pick shift.

Overall I would have to say its one of, if not the best, all around technical ice tools available today. Equally adept on WI3, WI6, or M8. I'm psyched to keep putting it through the wringer on all the terrain the San Juans has to through at it. I'm planning on pairing it with one Quantum Light with an adze and taking it to Alaska and the Alps as well for technical alpine routes.

Looks pretty cool too.

Available at Ouray Mountain Sports or online at Liberty Mountain. Check it out.

Clint Cook
IFMGA Certified Mountain Guide
AMGA Certified Rock, Alpine, and Ski Mountaineering Guide

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Bergfuhrer's Log

Well it seemed like I was putting a bunch of extraneous BS on the ourayiceclimbing blog. I thought it best to keep that focused on guide's conditions reports. This blog will include my guiding and personal trip reports outside the Ouray Ice scene.

Go Higher, CC