Ice Climbing Programs
Progression Opens Door to Climbing Opportunity
Do you dream of accomplishing big climbs, but don’t feel like you have the skills?
Maybe you want to take your climbing-judgment decisions into your own hands?
All our programs give you the skills you need to progress.
- Get a checklist of necessary steps from climbing gym to crag to backcountry.
- Practice “what-if” scenarios to help you decide if you have the knowledge and skills to safely meet any climbing challenge.
Adventure starts when the unplanned happens.
Make the Leap from Gym to Crag to Backcountry
If you have rock climbing gym experience, then you already come with basic movement skills and the ability to use a harness and top-rope belay.
The difference between ice climbing and gym climbing is that you leave a highly controlled environment.
When ice climbing you need to be able to
- evaluate falling ice hazard,
- perform comfortably outdoors for extended periods of time,
- place and clean your own anchors,
- be careful not to lower your partner off the end of the rope,
- lower a climber from the top of a cliff,
- and eventually you might want to place your own ice screws, on lead.
Four Ice Climbing Levels
As you progress through our Four Levels of Ice Climbing, you learn essential skills: from total beginner, to setting up your own top ropes, advanced techniques and lead climbing.
At our Ouray, Colorado | Ice Climbing clinics you’ll gain the skills and confidence to climb at ice cragging areas from the Ouray Ice Park to Frankenstein Cliff, New Hampshire.
Adventure to Cody, Wyoming with us for an intermediate ice climbing trip involving backcountry skills and multi-pitch ice climbing:
- gear selection,
- avalanche hazard evaluation,
- multiple-pitch rappels,
- basic rescue skills,
- 2 : 1 (guest : guide) ratio because all the climbs are multi-pitch,
- and a focus on decision-making and judgment skills.
Note – You must be at least an intermediate climber to join our Cody, Wyoming | Ice Climbing trip.
It’s amazing what you can accomplish when you’re learning with a strong group of awesome women.
“I was depressed and was walking past an outdoor store when I saw a poster of a woman climber. I decided then that instead of being down, I wanted to go up!”
—Cheryl Wallace, Chicks Alumnae, tied in for the first time at a 1999 Chicks ice climbing clinic in North Conway, New Hampshire. Now Cheryl is a solid leader, recently leading Gold Rush (WI 3-4) in Silverton, Colorado.
Chicks Ice Climbing Programs:
Avalanche Rescue Course: December 21, 22 or 28
Hokkaido, Japan | Powder Skiing: January 30 to February 7, 2020
Indian Creek, UT | Rock Climbing: April 2-6, 2020
Joshua Tree, CA | Rock Climbing: April 10-13, 2020
AIARE Level 1 - Silverton Avalanche School
Mount Baker Scholarship 2019
City of Rocks, ID | Rock Climbing: September 2020 TBA
Chamonix, France | Alpine Climbing July 6-10, 2020
Mount Baker, WA | Mountaineering
Red River Gorge, KY | Rock Climbing: Sept 2020 TBA
3-Day Ice Climbing Clinic | Ouray, Colorado - FULL
2-Day Ice Climbing Clinic | Ouray, Colorado
4-Day Ice Climbing Clinic | Ouray, Colorado
Ouray, Colorado | Mixed Climbing
Cody Wyoming, Backcountry Ice Climbing: February 6-10, 2020
Intro to Backcountry Skills: January 18, 2020
Intro to Backcountry Skiing and Splitboarding Hut Clinic: Feb 13-16, 2020