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Join us on this full-day ice climbing course and you’ll come away with a full understanding of the fundamentals of winter climbing. It all starts here for people headed toward the winter pursuit of ice climbing. In this course, we will outfit you with all the technical gear required to move on steep snow and ice. Efficient movement with crampons and ice axes forms the backbone of security for an ice climber. We will cover walking in crampons and how to operate at an ice crag. As we move onto steeper terrain, the ropes and climbing harnesses come out so that we can move with confidence as the angle increases. Once we get a feel for steeper climbing, our guides will work with you to increase your comfort and confidence with using ice tools and crampons. You will get plenty of chances to climb and practice while we continue to improve your fundamental skills.
Groups meet promptly at 8:30am at the Eastern Mountain Sports in North Conway. In the morning you will meet your guide, sign a waiver form, and get outfitted with climbing gear for the day. Once everyone is outfitted, groups will leave straight for the trailhead. The whole day will be spent outside so please dress appropriately for the weather. You should also bring enough food and water for the entire day and a backpack to carry items to the cliff. The day will end around 4:30pm back at EMS.