Ice and Mixed Movement Course

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

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Day 1:
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.

Day 2:
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.

Program Dates

2021 dates not yet available

Skills Covered

  • Refinement of triangle technique
  • Movement on ice pillars
  • Refinement of technique for steep ice
  • Thin Ice
  • Introduction to mixed climbing


Group Size

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

Time and Place

This trip meets at our office at 480 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.

Equipment List

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

Next Steps

Intermediate Ice

This course is focused on giving participants the skills to become an independent party in a single pitch venue. Ice climbing movement skills are expanded from the Intro course into more difficult terrain up to WI4 to WI5.

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Contact Us

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.