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Advanced Ice Climbing Seminar
Multi-Pitch Climbing, Lead Climbing, and Technique Refinement
The Advanced Ice Seminar will take your ice climbing to new heights with advanced instruction in multi-pitch climbing, lead climbing, and refinement of your movement for harder grades and greater endurance. Two days of the course are dedicated to multi-pitch climbing and participants will experience the outstanding backcountry climbing around Ouray. In addition, the course includes video analysis of your climbing movement and hands-on practice with lead climbing techniques. You will learn how to quickly place ice screws with one hand, build belay stations, belay off the anchor with an autolocking device, link pitches together for multi-pitch routes, routefind in the backcountry, and rappel down using V-thread anchors.
Cost Effective & Efficient 3-Day Format
We offer the Advanced Ice Seminar as a 3-day course to provide comprehensive instruction in an efficient and cost effective timeframe. With a low 2:1 student-to-instructor ratio and quick access to nearby ice climbing venues, you will spend the majority of the course time on the ice, practicing skills and improving your ability. This highly efficient course format will enable you to rapidly advance your skills for steep ice climbing, multi-pitch climbing, and lead climbing.
Advanced Instruction From AMGA Certified Instructors/Guides
We are the only guide service in the region with an entire staff of guides who are certified by the American Mountain Guides Association as Single Pitch Instructors, Rock Instructors, Rock Guides, or Alpine Guides. In addition, our guides have climbed big ice and alpine routes around the globe, from Ouray area classics to Alaskan mega-climbs to Himalayan giants. You will be learning advanced ice climbing techniques from an experienced professional who has spent many years on the cutting-edge of ice climbing.
Photos From Your Course Included
Your guide will take photos during the course so you will have a way to remember your ice climbing experience. There is nothing quite like a photo to record your once-in-a-lifetime ice climbing adventure. This service is included free of charge on all of our programs.
Climb with a Local Ouray Guide Service
We are a local guide service with an office on 7th Avenue in Ouray. We have been guiding and climbing in Ouray and the San Juans Mountains for many years and we have an intimate knowledge of the terrain. This allows us to provide exceptional ice climbing instruction that is finely tuned for your skill level, goals and enjoyment.
3-day Advanced Ice Seminar Sample Itinerary
We will meet at 7:30am at our office in Ouray for introductions and equipment outfitting. Once we're packed and ready, we'll head to the Ouray Ice Park which is just a few minutes away from our office. We begin our instruction with a review of fundamental ice climbing concepts such as proper swing, proper placement of feet, and efficient positioning of the body. We will assess each participant’s technique, often using video analysis, in order to help you identify and correct deficiencies. This focused critique and personalized instruction will help you notice an immediate improvement in your ice climbing. Once a strong foundation is in place for your movement, we'll introduce methods and strategies for lead climbing. Each participant will have the opportunity to do a “mock lead” to practice placing ice screws with one hand, finding rest stances, and building belay stations. This is a true advanced course, and by diving into advanced training on day one, you will begin expanding your skills, knowledge, and comfort level on the ice right away.
This day will be spent practicing strategies for multi-pitch climbing. You will learn how to routefind on long routes, build belay stations out of the way of falling ice, organize the rope at the end of a pitch, belay with an autolocking device off the anchor, do a rappel descent using V-thread anchors, and enjoy the exposure of climbing way off the ground! To get hands-on practice with these techniques and systems, we will do a multi-pitch climb in the Ice Park or we may do a multi-pitch route in the backcountry.
On the final day of the course, we will venture into the backcountry to climb one or two of the area's classic multi-pitch ice routes such as Slip Slidin' Away (WI3), Slippery When Wet (WI4), Horsetail Falls (WI4), Dexter Creek Slabs (WI4), The Ribbon (WI4), Stairway to Heaven (WI4), Whorehouse Hoses (WI4-5), or the Ames Ice Hose (WI5). During these climbs, each student will be given opportunities to practice and apply the skills learned during the course.
*Peak Mountain Guides' Advanced Ice Climbing Seminars are located on the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison National Forests under priority use permit from the Forest Service, USDA. Peak Mountain Guides is an equal opportunity service provider.*