• Captcha Field

Steep Ice and Mixed Climbing Technique

What You'll Learn

If you have only just started climbing ice but feel like you've hit a plateau or want to learn specific techniques for mixed climbing here are some skills you can learn.

  • Techniques for keeping your energy on long, steep sections of ice.
  • Techniques for mixed routes where you need to climb on ice and rock in a pitch.
  • How to identify and use rests on steep terrain.
  • Managing tools and equipment to be save energy and be efficient.
  • Skills for assessing ice quality when transitioning between ice and rock.

After taking this climbing course participants should feel more prepared for steep terrain or terrain with a mix of ice and rock.

Ice Climbing Instruction Rates and Availability

1 Instructor Half Day (4 hours) Regular Day (6 hours) Full Day (8 hours)
1 Students $329 $389 $449
2 Students $269 $329 $389
3 Students $219 $269 $329
4 Students $169 $219 $269
2 instructors to keep low ratios for the best experience!
5-8 Students $139 $169 $219

Rate Information:

Rates are per person, e.g. 3 people for a Regular Day would be $269/person for a total of $807. Trip start times are custom but generally we recommend 9AM starts for most ice climbing December through March to make the best use of time and ice conditions.

Discount Information: We appreciate our guests but discounts are limited to the following and cannot be combined with any other offer.

Early Bird Discounts and Last Chance Pricing: Book early and save! Schedule any rock climbing trip a month or more in advance for a 10% discount. Any trip booked with less than 48 hours notice incur a $100 convenience fee.

Bundle Pricing: The ultimate way to get started climbing! Purchase 3 or more days of climbing guiding or instruction at once for a 10% discount. Schedule at your convenience.

Ready to book your experience or have more questions?

Follow Up Classes

Basic ice climbing technique and skills such as tying in and belaying are fundamental skills that open the door to the next steps in gaining the independence to climb ice on your own. The following classes are good next steps.

Required Skills

Previous ice climbing experience is recommended. If you aren't already ice climbing then we would suggest the Intro to Ice Climbing Course first.

Best Places to Learn Steep Ice and Mixed Climbing Skills

There are several locations that work well for this course due to good protection and quality rock with minimal approaches. The venues we recommend are:

After learning the basics it's good to challenge oneself on steeper and more difficult terrain. For climbing steeper pitches of ice or climbs with a mix of ice and rock getting feedback and instruction on the technique can really accelerate your growth as an ice climber. 

While we often recommend a full day climbing class because climbing courses are customized for your goals and skill level we can assess your needs and figure out the best way to advance your climbing goals.