OverviewSlippery When Wet is another popular ice climb in the Skylight area on Camp Bird Road, just outside Ouray, Colorado.
Camp Bird Road is second only to the Ouray Ice Park in the abundance of ice climbs. The climbs are easily accessible, and most do not require more than 10 to 15 min approach time.
Getting ThereTurn off U.S. 550 (= major road going in the north-south direction in the western Colorado, connecting Grand Junction with Durango) at the south end of Ouray west onto well signed Imogene Pass/Camp Bird Road (#361). Drive on this well kept, and snow plowed road for 4 miles to the Senator Gulch area. The road is steep and exposed, 4 WD vehicles would be a better choice. Please see Camp Bird Road SP site for a more detailed information.
VideoI recorded a short clip of Michael Covington leading the first pitch on Slippery When Wet. Yes, I was recording on my camera phone and belaying at the same time. Luckily, the leader felt comfortable with me doing so...
Please excuse the poor quality of the video. I forgot my camera that day, so all photos and recordings were done with my iPhone.
It is easy! Ice climbing gear
Warm and crampon compatible boots with hard soles, crampons, ice tools, leashes, ice screws, webbing, rope, and warm clothing.
You can rent ice climbing gear at Ouray Mountain Sports, which is the best place in town to get your gear and information. Both the owner Bill and his assistant Trish are ice climbers and very knowledgeable about local climbs. Bill can fix anything broken (if it is fixable), and their store is well supplied.
Who comes up with these names?
I don't know why is the climb called Slippery When Wet. It could be named after Bon Jovi's album carrying the same name. I just got this idea after realizing that the neighboring climb Slip Slidin' Away is also a name of Simon's & Garfunkel's song. And the climb above this one is called AC/DC!
So, who comes up with these names? perhaps some music loving ice climber :)
External LinksSP site Camp Bird Road
Ouray Ice Park
Best guide book
Ouray Mountain sports