Intermediate Ice Climbing Course


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Take Your Ice Climbing to the Next Level

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Our intermediate ice climbing course helps you gain the skills needed to climb longer and steeper objectives.  The first priority of this course is to build on fundamental movement skills learned in our introductory course and then focuses on developing techniques for climbing vertical ice.  The course also has an emphasis on introducing best practice safety systems for ice climbing. We recommend participants enroll in an intro to ice climbing course beforehand or have some background in ice climbing, as this course requires a foundation in climbing safety systems and a solid base of climbing fitness.


Our Intermediate Ice Climbing Courses are available 15 November – 1 April upon request.  Please use our email contact form below or give us a call to arrange dates for your course.

NOTE: All of our ice climbing courses are privately arranged for individual parties – we do not mix groups of strangers for our courses unless specifically requested to do so.  Our lower cost ice climbing clinics are larger group events scheduled for specific dates that are open to anyone who signs up for the clinic.

Recommended course locations:

We are fortunate to have access to several incredible ice climbing venues for our Intermediate Ice Climbing Course.  When selecting a location for this course, it is important to consider not just the quality of ice climbing but also ease of access, good distribution of moderate grades, lack of crowds, minimal objective hazards, and stunning natural beauty.  Each of the following venues is an excellent ice climbing classroom – which location we end up choosing will depend on your specific objectives, climbing experience, party size, and preferences regarding the kind of ice climbing you want to experience.  You can learn more about the these and other areas we guide at our Ice Climbing Areas page.

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Our intermediate courses include personalized instruction on the following topics and techniques:

  • Risk management and route selection for ice climbing
  • Ice climbing safety, belay, and anchor systems
  • Ice climbing movement and techniques for climbing vertical ice
  • Toproping WI3-4+
  • Minimal-impact ice climbing strategies to safeguard resources and heritage
  • Leave No Trace and “Beyond Leave No Trace” practices
  • Lessons the area’s geology, ecology, archaeology, and history
Course guides:

Our talented team of ice climbing guides includes some of the most talented ice climbers in the region who are at the forefront of ice climbing development in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.  More importantly our guides are skilled teachers who are patient, kind, and helpful to people from all walks of life as they learn new skills.  Their top priority is making you feel safe and supported as you take on a new challenge.  Feel free to request a particular guide for your course as well.

Sample 2 day itinerary:


  • 7am: Meet and drive to ice climbing area
  • 8am: Start approach hike to the crag
  • 8:30am: Review risk management and safety skills for ice
  • 9:30am: Steep ice climbing technique lesson
  • 10am – 12pm: Toprope ice climbing
  • 12-12:30pm: Lunch break
  • 12:30pm: Anchor building lesson
  • 1-3:30pm: Toprope ice climbing
  • 3:30pm: Hike out
  • 4pm: Debrief


  • 7am: Drive to ice climbing area
  • 8am: Start approach hike to the crag
  • 8:30am: Route selection for ice climbing lesson
  • 9:30 – 12pm: Toprope ice climbing
  • 12-12:30pm: Lunch break
  • 12:30pm: Foundations of multipitch safety systems lesson
  • 1-3:30pm: Toprope ice climbing
  • 3:30pm: Hike out
  • 4pm: Debrief
Meeting location:

For all of our ice climbing courses, we prefer to meet the night before the course for equipment rentals and safety orientation at Sunlight Sports in Cody WY.



Size of Party 1 2 3 4 5 6
1 Day $385 $577.50 $687.50 $797.50 $907.50 $1017.50
2 Days $660 $880 $1045 $1237.50 $1402.50 $1512.50
Contact Us:

Interested in taking an intermediate ice climbing course?  Please contact us via the form below:


Additional information

Duration of course

1 Day, 2 Days

Party size

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6


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