Ouray colorado

Ouray, Colorado

Introduction to Ice Climbing Course




Ouray, Colorado is arguably one of the most famous ice climbing destinations in the world. Hundreds of different ice routes and small town hospitality make this an excellent way to spend a weekend.

This introductory ice climbing course is a perfect way to become acquainted with the gear, movement, and technical skills needed to start climbing ice.  This two day course helps climbers feel comfortable swinging tools and will leave you yearning for more!  This course meets at Peak Mountain Guides office at 311 Main Street in Ouray at 7:30am.

More information:

  • Recommended experience level: beginner

  • This is a semi-strenuous course

  • Maximum class size of 4

Price Includes


  • A professionally trained and/or certified AMGA guide

  • All necessary ice climbing equipment including harnesses, helmets, belay devices, crampons, ice tools, and mountaineering boots

  • Professional guiding and instruction throughout the entire course

Price Excludes


  • Transportation. You will be responsible for your own transportation to and from a designated meeting area

  • Gratuity

  • Personal items such as food, clothing, backpack, etc.

  • Entrance fees and parking fees (where necessary)



​Day 1:

After brief introductions, your guide will fit you with a harness, helmet, boots, and crampons.  The group will then travel two minutes to a nearby climb where your guide will set up a toprope and explain the theory behind anchor construction.  If applicable, the group will rappel into the gorge and start belaying and movement lessons for the day.

Day 2:

The day begins with participants becoming involved in setting up the first anchor of the day.  Day 2 is all about practice and refinement of the previous day's lessons.  Those ready for steeper terrain will be shown techniques to progress.  Your guide will also introduce you to ice screws, how they are placed, and how they are used to construct an anchor.

Topics Covered

  • How to tie into a climbing rope and other climbing knots

  • How to belay

  • Safety considerations of ice climbing

  • Movement skills required to climb ice

  • Ice anchor construction

  • Types of protection for ice climbing

  • Ice climbing resources as you progress


  • Learn to ice climb in the world famous ice climbing destination of Ouray, Colorado

  • Learn the basics of ice climbing movement, belaying, gear selection, and anchor construction

  • Plenty of time to swing tools and ask questions

  • You'll walk away from this course with a basic understanding of ice climbing 

Course Dates

January 9-10, 2021

February 20-21, 2021

March 13-14, 2021


$445 per person


Ouray, CO

Course Length

7:30am to 4:00pm

Difficulty Rating

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This is a program organized by Golden Mountain Guides LLC and ran exclusively by Peak Mountain Guides LLC. Peak Mountain Guides is located in Ouray, CO and is the permit holder.