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Date Tuesday  2/6/2018
Group Denver
Event Title Technical Ice Climbing
Start Time 6:00 PM
End Time 9:00 PM
Status Complete
Leader CMC Office
Group Price $175.00
NonGroup Price $175.00
Leader Price $150.00
Available Participants 2
Type Members Only (Programs/Education)


Lectures at American Mountaineering Center, Golden, CO

Field Days TBD

For more info Contact


CMC Office




The course strictly focuses on climbing technical ice: technique, gear, movement on ice, efficiency, safety, and ice anchors. Most students are pursuing lead-climbing on ice. This is usually an integral part of the course, but it is not mandatory to actually climb on lead. The objectives of the course generally vary by student because each student identifies their own objectives and the instructors tailor the course to these objectives. Typical objectives include: improved technique, increased efficiency, placing good ice screws, leading on ice, and multi-pitch ice ascents and descents. Skills acquired from the Technical Ice Climbing School help develop safe and competent ice climbers and leaders, and increase safety and technical competence on CMC semi-technical and technical mountaineering trips as well as on mountain expeditions.


Prerequisites for being admitted to the course are: (1) graduation from Trad Lead Climbing class (or equivalent) (2) Experience on about 50 pitches of ice (3) We have some gear available but students are generally expected to use or rent their own equipment. (4) Students will need to rent their own lodging if we go out of town for a weekend Field Trip. If you don't have these prerequisites, or if you're not interested in leading on ice, you might consider the Basic Ice Climbing.

Please note: Technical Ice Climbing does not cover crevasse rescue, winter survival training, construction of snow shelters, or evacuation procedures for injured climbers. Many of these skills are taught in CMC's High Altitude Mountaineering School (HAMS): Technical Ice Climbing also does not cover avalanche awareness or avalanche safety. These topics are covered in the CMC's Avalanche School:




Lecture One February 6, 6:00pm-8:30pm: Topics (subject to change): Hazards of ice climbing (falling, sharp objects, ice fall, avalanche, frostbite, hypothermia, etc.), History and evolution of ice climbing and ice climbing equipment, review of modern ice climbing equipment, "Rules of Ice Climbing", equipment, ice climbing grades.


Lecture Two February 8, 6:00pm-8:30pm: Topics (subject to change): Technique, efficiency on ice, ice climbing protection (intro), multi-pitch ice climbing, weekend field trip coordination. 


Field Day 1 February 10: All day. Exact times and location to be announced. Expect an early start (4-5am) and a long day. Focus is on technique & efficiency.


Lecture 3 February 15, 6:00pm-8:30pm: Topics (subject to change): review of Field Day 1; ice protection discussion, alpine climbing, intro to mixed climbing, review of all topics, Q & A.


Field Day 2 February 17, All Day. Lincoln Falls. Exact times to be announced. Expect an early start (4-5 am) and a long day. Focus is on multi-pitch ice climbing, including descending multi-pitch routes.


Field Day 3 February 24: Pump House, Vail


There is a strong possibility that these dates will change. We might go to Lake City Feb 17-18 and skip the Feb 24 field day.


Attendance/Completion Policy

Students must attend all lectures and field days to receive credit for completing the course. Students will not be allowed to continue beyond a missed lecture/field day. Students must also demonstrate mastery of the both the prerequisites and the skills taught in the immediate class. If such mastery cannot be demonstrated, the student will be asked to repeat the course. If a student cannot demonstrate mastery of the prerequisites the student will not be allowed to continue in the class.


Note that classes sometimes show "Sessions"; Basic Climbing Session A, for example. Sessions are simply alternate dates of the same class. In other words, you may choose Session A or Session B, depending on which dates work best for you. You do not have to complete both Session A and Session B.




Cancellation Policy:

Classes must have minimum four students signed up and requisite number of instructors. If either number is too low class may be cancelled.





Refund Policy:

Student/Participant requests for refunds of tuition/fees must be requested in writing (e-mail) to the appropriate school or event director. Requests made prior to 30 days before the beginning of the school/event will be processed less a $10 handling fee. Requests made within 30 days of the school/event will be refunded at 50% of the amount paid. No refunds will be made after the beginning of the school/event. However, a refund less $10 can be obtained if a person is found to take the original student’s place in a school.



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