Mixed Movement Course

The goal of this clinic is to learn the movement techniques for drytooling and rock to ice transitions. This clinic is best suited for the person who has some experience on ice and as a rock climber. We will review the basic foundation of using tools and crampons on rock and advance your ice and rock skills into steeper terrain and on thin ice. You will spend time in the ice park and at camp bird road on a variety of rock and mixed terrain.

$485 per person

  • intermediate ice climbing course learn how to mixed climb
  • Guided ice climbing and backcountry ice climbing on The Skylight in Ouray, Colorado

Program Itinerary

Day 1: 7:30 am start
After brief introductions in our office your guide will host a discussion on equipment selection. Each climber will be outfitted as necessary for the day. Once in the climbing venue, the day will begin with a lap of ice climbing to see where the group skill level is before progressing to lessons on placing tools and crampons on rock. As the day progresses the use of body tension to maintain contact with insecure placements will become the focus.

Day 2: 7:30 am start
The second day will build on the concepts of the first day in two primary themes: rotational and oppositional movements. Rotational movements can greatly extend reach while oppositional movements (sidepull and layback) are commonly necessary movement skills. The course will veer into steeper terrain and give everyone the opportunity to put what they’ve learned to use on more difficult routes.

Program Dates

December 1-2, 2018
December 22-23, 2018
January 12-13, 2019
February 25-26, 2019
March 16-17, 2019

Skills Covered

  • Review tying in and belaying as necessary
  • Equipment selection specific to mixed
  • Ergo tool vs. “alpine” tool
  • Monopoint crampons vs. others
  • Identify tool placements
  • Matching first and second position
  • Securing tools between movements
  • Identify foot holds and crampon placements on rock (ability to pivot) and in thin ice
  • Identify and use rests / hanging on straight arms
  • Rotational movement to extend reach
  • Oppositional movements (sidepull, layback)
  • Using core tension to maintain contact with insecure placements during weight transition