Intro to Ice Climbing

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Learn to Ice Climb in the Bighorn Mountains

Wyoming Mountain Guides’ apprentice guide Kaitlin Dooling warms up on a frigid day of ice climbing in Cottonwood Canyon
Course overview:

Learn to ice climb in the beautiful high-desert canyons of northern Wyoming’s Bighorn Mountains!  Carving your way up frozen waterfalls, you’ll develop new skills and overcome physical and mental challenges.  You’ll be rewarded with a well-earned sense of accomplishment and breathtaking views of this wild part of the country.

Our intro to ice climbing courses are great if you’re interested in trying out the sport for the first time, regardless of your climbing background.  These two day courses include lessons on sport-specific LNT practices, environmental hazards, risk management, fundamentals of top rope safety, efficient ice climbing movement and technique.  Instructional lessons are accompanied by top rope ice climbing on a variety of moderate ice climbs in Ten Sleep Canyon, Shell Canyon, and Five Springs Falls (as well as Carter Mountain in early season).

Course dates:

Our two day Intro to Ice Climbing Courses are available November 2020 – March 2021 upon request.  Please use our email contact form below or give us a call to arrange dates for your course.

Course locations:

Learn more about the ice climbing areas we guide in the Bighorn Basin…

Lessons included in the course:

Our Intro to Ice Climbing courses include personalized instruction on the following topics and techniques:

  • Staying safe and warm in winter conditions
  • Gearing up for ice climbing
  • Selecting the right ice climbing route based on conditions and grade
  • Fundamental ice climbing safety, belay, and anchor systems
  • Ice climbing movement techniques
  • Leave No Trace and “Beyond Leave No Trace” practices
  • Place-based lessons on the area’s geology, ecology, and history

Learn more about our Intro to Ice Climbing Course curriculum…

Sample itinerary:

Friday evening:

  • 6 pm: Meet for gear checks and safety orientation

Saturday:

  • 7am: Drive to ice climbing area
  • 8am: Start approach hike to the crag
  • 8:30am: Gear up for ice climbing as guides set up climbs
  • 9am: Review risk management and safety skills for toprope climbing
  • 9:30am: Foundational ice climbing technique lesson
  • 10am – 12pm: Toprope ice climbing
  • 12-12:30pm: Lunch break
  • 12:30pm: Efficient ice climbing movement lesson
  • 1-3:30pm: Toprope ice climbing
  • 3:30pm: Hike out
  • 4pm: Debrief

Sunday:

  • 7am: Drive to ice climbing area
  • 8am: Start approach hike to the crag
  • 8:30am: Gear up for ice climbing as guides set up climbs
  • 9am: The science of ice lesson
  • 9:30am: Review ice climbing technique
  • 10am – 12pm: Toprope ice climbing
  • 12-12:30pm: Lunch break
  • 12:30pm: Fundamentals of ice climbing route selection
  • 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.

Accommodations:

For our guests ice climbing in the Cody area we have blocked out dates for staying at the historic Cody Carriage House on Airbnb.  This is a beautiful, fully-furnished, private cottage with a full kitchen in a convenient location in downtown Cody.  This booking is not included in the cost of the course fee.

Rates:

Regular rates:

  • $350 per person, includes ice climbing equipment
  • $300 pp for WYMG alumni, includes equipment
Contact Us:

Interested in taking an Intro to Ice Climbing Course?  Want to sign up for different dates?  Feel free to ask us any questions you might have!

 

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