Our Intro to Ice course is designed for beginners and combines equipment orientation, lecture and discussion sessions, demonstrations and exhibitions, hands on practice with multiple climbs, instructor feedback and coaching, and final group debriefs to create a course experience where every student will understand what ice climbing is all about.
This beginner ice course provides an introductory experience to any student that wants to experience climbing waterfall ice for the first time. In the winter months, our beautiful rock climbs are often covered in snow, and we’d fold up our climbing ambitions until spring if it weren’t for ribbons of ice that crawl down the walls, the waterfalls that freeze into gothic fortresses, and the climbs that open up new venues and new terrain.
As a solitary experience, ice climbing is rewarding and aesthetic. As an addition to a climber’s proficiencies, ice climbing provides a whole world of new experiences and challenges. An alpinist must eventually acquire waterfall ice and “mixed” climbing skills if she wants to explore technical mountaineering in all seasons. It’s unavoidable, so you might as well get started with Colorado Mountain School.
8:00 – Risk management, cold weather issues, first aid considerations,
avalanche issues, dehydration talk, wind and sunburn, emergency procedures.
8:15 – Gear overview, types of ice climbing gear, anatomy of ice tools and crampons.
8:30 – Drive to trailhead and approach ice climbing venue.
9:30 – Ice climbing movement, proper technique for swinging ice tools and kicking in crampons, climb identification.
10:00 – Belaying and lowering.
10:30 – Ice climbing lesson and practice.
2:45 – Ice anchor demonstration.
3:00 – Begin travel back to office.
4:00 – Debriefs and fond farewells.
Colorado Mountain School
341 Moraine Avenue
Estes Park, CO 80517
If you require lodging at our Estes Park Adventure Hostel, please make your reservations online in advance. Beds are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Our hostel features 16 beds in 3 rooms, bathrooms, showers, a full kitchen with appliances, dishes and utensils, wi-fi, ping-pong table, and a lounge area. Please be considerate of others lodgers during your stay.
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.
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