Leading ice climb requires an experienced ice climber to refine their skills in order to manage the risks associated with leading. It’s a huge transition. Our Learn to Lead Ice Climbing course provides you with the knowledge and experience you need to begin a transition from toproping ice and seconding lead climbers to leading climbs of your own. This course will help you plan your lead, refine your movement so that you have the stamina to lead, place ice screws in the best available ice to protect climbs, and anchor and belay once you reach the end of their lead.
Our instructors deploy a combination of lecture and discussion, demonstration, mock leading, and mini climb exercises to provide enough conceptual and hands-on learning opportunities to meet students’ needs. They provide coaching and feedback along the way, so that you can continually assess your learning. Finally, our instructors help you design an individualized pathway leading from the end of coursework to your very first actual lead climb on ice.
Itineraries may vary according to the needs of students, the weather, the venue, or the conditions of the climbs, the following itinerary is a common example of this class generally unfolds:
8am: Introductions, Orientation, and Equipment Primer
9am: Transport to Venue.
10:30am: Visual Mapping Lesson and Lead Demonstration
11am: Mock Lead 1
12:30pm: Anchoring and Top Belaying Lesson
1:30pm: Lead to Top Belay Practice on Mini Climbs
2:30pm: Review Session
3pm: Hike out
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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