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.
$912 per person
We meet in the office on day 1 for introductions and a discussion about the risks of being a lead climber. After a quick gear shake down we’re off to the ice park to review movement, ice screws, anchor construction, and then get into the curriculum for lead climbing. This day is focused on forming an understanding of the system while still on toprope.
Now we dive deeper into the details. Frequency and availability of protection, fall consequence, protecting the follower; as much as we can cover in the day. Participants will do mock leads.
Again, we’ll discuss the risks of climbing above protection then for participants who are ready actual lead climbs will begin. Instructors will position themselves where they can assist in case a new leader gets into trouble.
At a suitable location we’ll cover multi-pitch topics and do hands on practice in the form of “mini-pitching” for half the day then move into more realistic terrain in the afternoon.
December 30 – January 2, 2021
January 28-31, 2021
February 12-15, 2021
March 11-14, 2021
This is an open enrollment course. The maximum group size is 3.
This trip meets at the Peak Guide House at 311 Main St 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.
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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