Intro to Ice Course

In this 2 day course participants learn the technical skills to join a climbing party with 75% of the time focused on ice climbing movement. From the most basic aspects of the day such as fitting your boots and crampons to climbing routes up to WI3 or WI4 in difficulty, this course is a climber’s starting point in our comprehensive ice curriculum!

COST
$430 per person

  • ouray ice park intro to ice climbing course with peak guides
  • all smiles in the ouray ice park intro to ice course
  • learn to ice climb in the ouray ice park

Outline


Day 1:
After brief introductions in our office your guide will fit a harness, helmet, boots, and crampons for each participant. The group then travels 2 minutes to the Ice Park where the guide will set up a toprope, explaining the characteristics of an anchor while doing so. If applicable, the team will rappel into the gorge and start the belaying and movement lessons of the day.

Day 2:
The day kicks off with the participants getting involved in setting up the first anchor of the day. This is a day of refinement and practice of the previous day’s movement lessons with those ready for steeper terrain shown how to progress. The guide will introduce participants to the placement of ice screws and have everyone practice constructing an anchor.

Program Dates


2021 dates not yet available

Skills Covered


  • Tying into the rope and belaying
  • Rappelling
  • Introductory movement skills for ice climbing
  • Placing ice screws
  • Building basic anchors

Details


Group Size

This is an open enrollment course. The maximum group size is 4.

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.

intermediate ice cours ouray ice park and backcountry ice

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.