We went to Ouray last weekend to swing tools and visit with friends. Drove down on Thursday in mediocre weather and spent the night at the Vic with Matt and Emily. We climbed on Friday, meeting up with Dave Kast and his wife Kelly…friends of old from my very first days with the POC. Kate and Brian drove down with their lab Lhotse on Friday as well.
Towards the end of the day, Matt and Emily went to check in to our rental house while Dave, Apryle and I got our last sticks for the day. Matt called on the cell with with what we were sure was a joke: our house had been hit by an avalanche.
No joke, the rental house got hit by a big slide on Thursday, lost a few windows and was full of snow. The rental agency moved us into a hooked-up condo, though, and we had no avalanche trouble for the rest of the weekend.
Highlights of the trip included excellent meals each evening, a keg of fine homebrew, telling old stories, and of course, swinging tools into steep blue ice. We didn’t climb too hard, but for the last day. Apryle and I took turns dropping each other into Pic’ of the Vic and Five Fingers until we could hardly hold our tools.
All in all a great trip; can’t wait to do it again next year!