Intro to Ice Climbing




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, Shell, and Cottonwood Canyons.

Course dates:

December 7-8 & 14-15, 2019; Jan 4-5, 25-26, Feb 1-2***, 15-16, 22-23, Feb 29 – March 1, March 7-8 & 14-15, 2020

***ICE CLIMBING + ULTRALIGHT PACK DEMO: Participants in the February course will get the opportunity to demo Dolomite Designs’ new line of Wyoming-made ultralight climbing packs plus steep discounts if they choose to purchase a pack!

CUSTOM DATES: Do these dates not work for you?  Intro to Ice Courses can also be arranged by special request – please use our contact form below.

Course locations:
Lessons included in the course:

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

  • How to stay warm and safe while ice climbing
  • Fundamental ice climbing safety, belay, and anchor systems
  • Fundamental ice climbing techniques
  • Leave No Trace and “Beyond Leave No Trace” practices
  • Lessons the area’s geology, ecology, archaeology, and history

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!


Additional information


February 15-16, February 29 – March 1, March 7-8, March 14-15

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