Ice Climbers Like American Death Triangles Too


An American Death Triangle Ice Climbing Anchor in Ouray, Colorado

The Viking discovers Jive-Ass gold.

Look! Two ice screws threaded with a piece of webbing into a textbook American Death Triangle! This ice climbing top rope anchor photo was submitted by climbing buddy Ally Imbody. That’s Portland’s own Keith Campbell posing with this masterpiece of Jive-Assery.

This is the first submission of the season from that jive-ass anchor Shangri-La, the Ouray Ice Park.  I’ve got a group of climbing buddies from Portland out there for a week, so I expect to see more coming.

Oh, and just by way of reminder. This is no way intended to be a disparaging commentary on the fine Ouray Ice Park. The fact that so many jive-ass anchors photos come from here is largely about sheer numbers and easy access, which I think I explained way back when in this posting. When there are over 100 ice climbing routes in one place, there are many opportunities to inspect ice climbing anchors. And invariably at least a few are going to be jive-ass.

Why will the American Death Triangle not die already? How do we make it stop?

Location: Ouray Ice Park, Ouray, Colorado, USA.

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5 thoughts on “Ice Climbers Like American Death Triangles Too

    1. Steve Post author

      Well, actually there are only installed anchors for some of the routes. But usually even when there are none, there are typically trees to sling.

      Reply
  1. Ben Stabley

    Actually, this was on bolts, as I recall. I walked past and commented about it and this site. Most of the bolted anchors and concrete pads were buried in foot-compressed snow.

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  2. ne

    Definitely bolts in the new concrete pads. Most of them still have the framing boards on the outsides, which you can see in the pic.

    Reply

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