Classic Test Pieces

(Ouray, Silverton, and Telluride)

Ready to get pumped? Our favorite climbing test pieces are stunning, hard, and must do’s for those comfortable on WI 5 / M5. Check out our favorites below…


December – February (Conditions Dependent)



1 person: $550
2 people: $363 per person

  • Backcountry Ice Climbing Course on Ames Ice Hose


Ice climbing is an incredible “one-of-a-kind” sport that is largely dependent on conditions. The good news: a certified guide from Peak will know the best possible objectives given weather and conditions on any given day in the winter! Specific routes can be in great climbing shape one day, and out another…but there will always be something fantastic to climb!

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.

Time and Place

This trip typically meets at our office at 480 Main Street in Ouray. You’ll talk with the guide before the trip to work out a detailed plan for the day.

Getting to Ouray

Details on lodging/shuttles. We provide transportation from the office to the trailhead on the day of your trip.