Ice Climbing For Beginners
The setting in Vail is perfect for your first time on the ice with it’s snow and ice-covered peaks, ease of access and a multitude of challenge levels. Ice climbing for beginners is an exciting experience that will both take your breath away and empower you in the same moment. It’s an adventure, an adrenaline rush and a moving meditation all in one.
This beginner ice climbing course is a great introduction to the basics of ice climbing. After an orientation, we’ll warm up with some easier climbing on low-angle ice. The idea is to develop fundamental skills before moving up to steeper ice, and even intermediate ice climbing if it suits you.
- Mountaineering basics
- Beginner knots
- Knowing your gear
- Proper ice tool use
- Crampon technique, in both French (or flat-footed) and front-pointing methods
- Voice commands, belaying and lowering
- Fundamental ice climbing technique
Our guides will teach you everything you need to know to ascend these frozen beauties and travel efficiently in the mountains. All ages, abilities, and fitness levels are welcome. We will work with you to select routes that meet your specifics needs and skill set, whether you are a first timer or an experienced ice climber.
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BEGINNER ICE CLIMBING – QUICK INFO
Enjoy all Colorado has to offer this winter with a Beginner Ice Climbing Trip.
Max client to guide ratio 5:1
- $178 – 5+ people
- $198 – 4 people
- $224 – 3 people
- $250 – 2 people
Vail, CO (East Vail)
Leadville, CO (Chalk Creek)
Easy – Difficult
WHAT TO BRING
- Beacon (rental available)
- *No cotton – cotton does not wick moisture or insulate when wet.
- Synthetic or wool long underwear bottom (thin)
- Synthetic or wool long sleeve top (medium)
- Mid layer top and bottom
- Synthetic or wool socks
- Winter jacket
- Insulated “Puffy” Jacket
- Snow pants
- Warm gloves or mittens
- Hat and neck gaiter or balaclava
- Goggles or sunglasses
- Small day pack
- Water bottle (able to hold 32 oz)
- Hand warmers
- Thermos of hot liquid
- Extra gloves
- Lip balm
- Water bottle insulator
APEX MOUNTAIN SCHOOL PROVIDES
- Ice Axes
- Harness (42”/44” max)
During times of Covid-19 concern please bring:
Face mask, Hand Sanitizer, Rubber Gloves (if desired)
Went ice climbing for the 1st time with our guide Chris. It was an amazing experience! A great challenging adventure while still felt very safe. Chris was so nice and knowledgeable. Highly recommend.
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ICE CLIMBING LESSONS
In winter, cascading waterfalls and trickling alpine flows freeze and form fantastically beautiful and surreal ice climbs. These short lived sculptures offer phenomenal climbing opportunities hence a chance to experience a truly unique and unforgettable adventure. These climbs range in height between 30 to 100+ feet. Given the nature of the ice, each climb forms slightly differently each year and is subject to change throughout the season which as a result offers climbers a new experience every climb. With expansive views of Colorado’s Rockies and a chance to challenge yourself in a winter wonderland, ice climbing is a great way to spend the day in the mountains.
Our guides will teach you everything you need to know in our ice climbing lessons so that you can ascend these frozen beauties and travel efficiently in the mountains. All ages, abilities, and fitness levels are welcome. We will work with you to select the ice climbing lesson that meet your specifics needs and skill set, whether you are a first timer or an experienced ice climber.