This is a 2 day course designed to advance a climber who has gained competency with basic ice movement (triangle) into types of movement required for narrow, thin, steep, or discontinuous ice and mixed terrain.
Whether you wish to move onto learning to lead or will only ever toprope, this is a must-do to improve your ice climbing movement!
$485 per person
The course begins by going back to the basics for an in depth discussion of tool ergonomics and placement. We’ll dig into the details of different equipment and the subtle variations in the swing of one tool versus another. Additionally, a detailed review of crampon placement will round out the groundwork for the remainder of our lessons. We’ll review the basic triangle movement pattern before expanding it’s application on steep ice. The afternoon will cover pillar technique or narrow sections of ice then dive into the complexities of body placement on climbs with more complex features.
The second day is focused on climbs with thin ice or mixed climbs. The foundational lessons on tool and crampon placement will serve you well here. Delicate, deliberate, and controlled movements are required to negotiate the lack of security thin ice provides. We’ll introduce placing the tool and crampons on rock holds and get into the basics of mixed climbing.
December 26-27, 2021
January 1-2, 2022
January 17-18, 2022
January 29-30, 2022
February 12-13, 2022
February 19-20, 2022
March 5-6, 2022
March 12-13, 2022
This is an open enrollment course. The maximum group size is 3.
This trip meets at the Peak Guide House at 311 Main Street in Ouray at 7:30am. Usually, this course runs in the Ouray Ice Park. It is possible on some courses to spend time outside of the park.
All the technical climbing equipment required for this outing is included.
View equipment list as a PDF
This is a 4-day learn-to-lead program where participants are given the tools and instruction to take the sharp end on ice climbs. Multi-pitch climbing is covered. A significant amount of time is invested in ice climbing technique and movement.
The Peak Guide House
311 Main Street | Ouray CO 81427
Peak Mountain Guides, LLC
160 Liddell St. #C3 | Ridgway CO 81432
PO Box 2051 | Ridgway CO 81432