Jason Nelson

Jason Nelson

Jason Nelson

Jason’s climbing style is not exactly gentle, but if you need someone to clean your route or check for loose holds, he just might be your guy. He’s a lousy boulderer, but a great spotter. Limited patience for a project, but endless passion for an adventure. His fingers are too big for the little holds and thin cracks, but give him a pair of ice axes and watch gravity cease to exist. Jason’s wife Lisa has a fondness for desert cracks. Their son Zane left to join the circus. You may have in fact seen or met this motley crew roaming the southwest or at some of the climbing festivals they frequently attend, compete at, and teach clinics for.

Jason and his family lived in Ouray full time between 2002 – 2010. From there, the road took him many places, but also kept returning him to Ouray. On those visits, he has continued to develop various routes around town. Jason grew up and started climbing in the coastal border area of New Hampshire and Maine. After completing art school in Denver, he honed his sandbagging skills in Boulder. Then Western Colorado beckoned, and drew him in. Within this guidebook you’ll find many routes Jason has pioneered in locals such as The Ice Park, Skylight, Hall of Justice and The Remedy. Jason has also established first ascents in Alaska, Norway, Mexico, and other locations around the southwest.