Leading Ice

Leading Ice Climbing

Our two-day Leading Ice course teaches you techniques to become a solid leader on water ice.  This course is based out of beautiful Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.  We start with a thorough review of ice protection and anchors and work up to placing these and other types of protection while leading. You’ll also learn how to maximize efficiency and minimize risk. Learn to lead ice under the watchful eye of an experienced guide. You’ll be glad you did.

Vail Colorado Ice Climbing Guide

Course Details


Learn all about leading on ice in this two-day detailed course.  Topics Include:

  • Learn proper and efficient placement of ice screws
  • Practice building V-threads
  • Learn to build better belays and top-rope ice anchors
  • Learn stance and rope management techniques
  • Advance your lead climbing strategies
  • Learn how and when to retreat from an ice climb


Students should be familiar with rock climbing protection and be able to build a solid rock anchor. Rock climbing lead experience is helpful but not required. Must feel comfortable on WI3-3+ on top-rope.


8:00am - 4:00pm


2 Days

Maximum Ratio:


Minimum Age:

Please call to register participants under 18

Meeting location:

Colorado Mountain School
341 Moraine Avenue
Estes Park, CO 80517


With a sixteen-bed lodge available, Colorado Mountain School provides students the opportunity to spend their entire stay in Estes Park without the hassle of commuting. Our lodge is conveniently located in downtown Estes Park with a full kitchen, WiFi and hot showers. Lodging must be booked separately for $40/night for CMS students.  Please call our office for reservations.


All of our courses can be run as custom outings.  If you're interested in a course, but it doesn't fit into your schedule, please check out our custom guiding options.