Ice Climbing Courses 2018

Alpental offers excellent access to surprisingly good ice climbing and bolted mixed climbing. You'll only have to tour or snow shoe about 30 minutes to get to our training spot. Both of these very technical disciplines are fun in their own right and can be used as excellent training for aggressive alpine routes.

$175.00
Difficulty rating and Skill requirements
Good physical fitness
  • Category: Alpine
  • Type: Instructional
  • Ratio: 3:1,6:2

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Alpental offers excellent access to surprisingly good ice climbing and bolted mixed climbing. You'll only have to tour or snow shoe about 30 minutes to get to our training spot. Both of these very technical disciplines are fun in their own right and can be used as excellent training for aggressive alpine routes.
This day is intended to introduce the course participant to the principles of modern mixed climbing. The mixed element is there, but the major emphasis will be placed on steep ice climbing technique.
Course Curriculum:
1. Appropriate gear selection
• Introduction to various tools ranging from basic mountaineering ice axes to specialized ice climbing tools.
• Glove and clothing selection • Brief comparison on what is an appropriate crampon for steep ice climbing.
• Explain leash systems and what matters here.
2. Site selection
• Explain appropriate site selection
• Judging ice quality
• Positioning of the belayer
3. Climbing technique
• Basic ice climbing technique - resting technique
• Swing a tool
• Racking your harness - placing a screw
• Coming out of your leashes while climbing in moderate and vertical terrain
• Placing a screw while climbing in moderate and vertical terrain
• Climbing without leashes in the vertical arena to simplify screw placements
• Climbing on steep rock with crampons
• Using your ice tools on rock
• Mach leading and introduction to leading in vertical ice
 

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EQUIPMENT LIST
CLOTHING 
•            BASE  LAYER
o            1 Bottom - midweight or lightweight

o            1 Top - midweight or lightweight
o            Sock Liners
o            Ski Socks
•            MID LAYER
o            Windshirt, Soft Shell, Fleece - only one of these is necessary
•            OUTERWEAR
o            Lightweight Waterproof/Breathable Jacket
o            Waterproof Pants
o            Warm insulated Jacket (Belay Parka)
o            Warm Hat - should cover ears
o            Lightweight Gloves with good dexterity (2 pair)
o            Warm Gloves (one pair)
o            Gaiters
PERSONAL GEAR
o            Day Pack – 30 to 40 Liters
o            Water Bottles - 1 or 2 liters
o            Thermos with hot fluids
o            Lunch and Snacks - appropriate for a full day outing
o            Goggles or clear lens glasses for eye protection
o            Boots suitable for ice climbing (ski touring boots, plastic or stiff leather climbing boot
o            Helmet
o            Crampons suitable for ice climbing (12 point steel at least)
o            Harness
o            Ice tools (there will be several tools supplied by PGS)
o            Avalanche Beacon, Snow shovel, Probe (please communicate with your guide about this, as it may not be necessary)
GROUP GEAR SUPPLIED BY PGS
o            Ropes, Ice screws, Carabiners, Quick Draws, Slings
o            First Aid Kit and Communication device
 

 


I HAVE NEVER ICE CLIMBED BEFORE. CAN I SIGN UP? Yes, other than good fitness, there are no requirements to sign up for the course.


CAN I COUNT ON THESE DATES? Yes, other than good fitness, there are no requirements to sign up for the course..


HOW DO I KNOW THAT MY ABILITY AND GOALS FOR THE DAY WILL BE COMPATIBLE WITH THE OTHER PEOPLE WHO SIGNED UP? The ratios for the course day are small enough that we should be able to cater to the personal goals of the participants quite easily.


WHERE WILL WE MEET? If we climb in the Alpental valley, we usually meet in front of the Alpental lodge at around 8am. Your guide will communicate the exact meeting time and place with you. 


WILL WE DOING ANY LEAD CLIMBING? The course is designed as an introduction to water ice climbing, so it is unlikely that you will be leading. Depending on your ability we might make it happen.


IF WE CLIMB IN THE SKI AREA, DO WE TAKE THE LIFTS UP AND IS THIS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE? We can take the lift up, but the lift ride is not included in the price. If you opt to not take the lift, you can snowshoe or ski tour to the climbing site.