Learn to Lead Ice Course

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

  • learn to lead in the ouray ice park
  • skill development with AMGA ice climbing guides
  • ice climbing leader in ouray ice park


Day 1:
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.

Day 2:
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.

Day 3:
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.

Day 4:
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.

Program Dates

January 13-16, 2022
February 4-7, 2022
February 25-28, 2022

Skills Covered

  • Belayer positioning
  • Assess frequency and availability of protection
  • Fall consequence
  • Extending placements
  • Protecting the follower
  • Transitions
  • Protect the belay
  • Multiple stage rappels
  • Reading the CAIC bulletin
  • Basic avalanche equipment and use


Group Size

This is an open enrollment course. The maximum group size is 3.

Time and Place

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.

Equipment List

All the technical climbing equipment required for this outing is included.
View equipment list as a PDF

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Contact Us

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

Authorized Permittee

Peak Mountain Guides is an authorized permittee of the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, Gunnison National Forest; San Juan National Forest; Bureau of Land Management Monticello, Moab, Gunnison, and Glennallen Field Offices; Eldorado Canyon State Park; Ouray Ice Park, City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks; and National Parks including Mt. Rainier, Black Canyon of the Gunnison, and Colorado National Monument. Peak Mountain Guides is an equal opportunity service provider.