Ice Climbing 201
A two-day advanced course geared towards those with previous ice climbing experience who are ready to take the next “mono point” step.
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A two-day advanced course geared towards those with previous ice climbing experience who are ready to take the next “mono point” step. This second level course picks up where our Ice Climbing 101 course left off and covers the advanced waterfall ice climbing skills and techniques.
This course requires a minimum of 2 to run at the dates and prices listed and has a maximum 3:1 guiding ratio. We are happy to arrange this course or similar on a custom private basis.
photo: Ken Etzel
This is a fun weekend with lots of opportunity for climbing and technical skills practice.
This two day advanced course is geared toward those who have taken our Ice Climbing 101 course, or have previous ice climbing experience. We’ll explore techniques used for climbing steeper, more difficult ice and the systems used for multi-pitch ice climbing. This class places an emphasis on the natural and artificial methods of ice protection, as well as the construction and evaluation of ice anchors. This is a fun weekend with lots of opportunity for climbing and technical skills practice.
February 10-11 (weekdays)
- Steeper ice climbing
- Technical rope skills for ice climbing
- Multi-pitch climbing
- Ice protection
- Anchor building and evaluation
- Leading on ice
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|TRIP ITINERARY: Ice Climbing 201*|
|DAY 1||Start with a skills assessment and review of ice climbing technique and efficiency. Target weaknesses and work on skills for climbing steep and sustained ice up to WI4-5. Advanced movement efficiency technique and thin ice technique. Introduction to mixed climbing. Learn ice analysis and review ice screw placement, removal, and racking while climbing steep terrain. Learn to construct solid ice anchors for setting up topropes and multipitch climbs.|
|DAY 2||Apply skills from Day 1 on a multi-pitch climb. Discuss commonly used rope systems, rope handling, and multi-pitch belay techniques. Icefall hazard management and belay stance management. Descending multi-pitch ice climbs by rappel. Construction and use of V-thread anchors, threads, and ice bollards. Instruction and coaching for learning to lead ice and finish with mock leading practice.|