Classic Test Pieces

Ready to get pumped? Our favorite ice climbing test pieces are stunning, hard, and must do’s for those comfortable on WI 5 / M5. The climbs listed here require previous days of climbing with Peak or a substantial ice climbing resume.

1 person: $550
2 people: $352 per person

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The following list is merely a selection of some of our favorites and is no means exhaustive. If you’d like more options, please reach out to us…there is more than a lifetime’s worth of routes here!

Ames Ice Hose

Ames Ice Hose is one of the most spectacular WI 5 routes in Colorado. This gem is just outside of Telluride and gifts climbers 3 unique pitches of steep ice. Conditions on this route can vary wildly and dictates which pitch is the crux. In thin conditions, the first pitch demands mixed climbing up to M5/6 and serves as the crux. When the ice comes in abundantly, the first pitch is purely ice from WI4-WI5. The second pitch is wonderfully unique stemming in a thin icy corner. And finally, The pumpy finale! This last pitch is 50 meters of the most sustained WI4 you’ll EVER climb…the cherry on top of a fantastic route!

Bridal Veil Falls

The uber classic, mega steep North American classic! First climbed with with straight shafted tools by Jeff Lowe and Mike Weiss in 1978 and subsequently featured on “Wide World of Sports.

Bird Brain Boulevard

The historic mixed route of the San Juan Mountains. When this route went up it was groundbreaking in it’s day. It helped establish the standard for modern mixed climbing internationally.


Group Size

This is a private program, no one else will be paired with your party. The maximum guest to guide ratio is 2:1.


December – March (Conditions Dependent)

Time and Place

This trip typically meets at the Peak Guide House at 311 Main Street in Ouray. You’ll talk with the guide before the trip to work out a detailed plan for the day.

Equipment List

All the technical climbing equipment required for this outing is included.
View equipment list as a PDF

Contact Us

The Peak Guide House
311 Main Street | Ouray CO 81427

Peak Mountain Guides, LLC
160 Liddell St. #C3 | Ridgway CO 81432
PO Box 2051 | Ridgway CO 81432

Authorized Permittee

Peak Mountain Guides is an authorized permittee of the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, Gunnison National Forest; San Juan National Forest; Bureau of Land Management Monticello, Moab, Gunnison, and Glennallen Field Offices; Eldorado Canyon State Park; Ouray Ice Park, City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks; and National Parks including Mt. Rainier, Black Canyon of the Gunnison, and Colorado National Monument. Peak Mountain Guides is an equal opportunity service provider.