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.
Recommended experience level: beginner
This is a semi-strenuous course
Maximum class size of 4
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
Transportation. You will be responsible for your own transportation to and from a designated meeting area
Personal items such as food, clothing, backpack, etc.
Entrance fees and parking fees (where necessary)
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.
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.
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
January 9-10, 2021
February 20-21, 2021
March 13-14, 2021
$445 per person
7:30am to 4:00pm