Project Description

Introduction to Ice Climbing 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!

$430 per person

  • AMGA and IFMGA guides
  • Intro Ice Climbing Course in the Ouray Ice Park

Program Itinerary

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

December 15-16, 2018
December 23-24, 2018
December 26-27, 2018
December 29-30, 2018
January 3-4, 2019
January 5-6, 2019
January 12-13, 2019
January 20-21, 2019
February 2-3, 2019
February 7-8, 2019
February 23-24, 2019
March 9-10, 2019
March 23-24, 2019

Skills Covered

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


Group Size

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

Time and Place

This trip meets at our office at 280 7th Ave 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.

Getting to Ouray

Details on lodging/shuttles. We provide transportation from the office to the Ice Park on the day of your trip.

Equipment List

All the technical climbing equipment required for this outing is included.