Our two-day Advanced Ice Climbing course teaches you techniques to become a solid ice climber and 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.

Meeting location:

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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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 on top-rope.


8:00am - 4:00pm


2 Days

Maximum Ratio:


Minimum Age:

Please call to register participants under 18
Experience Level


Activity Level

Moderate, Vigorous


Ice Climbing




  • Trained and/or certified guide
  • Group climbing gear
    • Technical hardware – climbing/ice protection, carabiners,etc
    • Ropes
    • Technical softgoods – slings, cordellette, etc
  • Personal climbing gear
    • Harness
    • Helmet
    • Boots
    • Crampons specific to water ice climbing
    • Ice Tools
    • Avalanche transceiver, shovel, probe (if needed)


  • Food
  • Transportation
  • Lodging
  • Clothing, backpack and non-technical personal items
  • Park Entrance Fees (where applicable)
  • Rescue Insurance
  • Trip Insurance
  • Gratuity
  • Expenses due to unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of Colorado Mountain School
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