Mixed Climbing

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Mixed Climbing

All ages 12 and up

Mixed Climbing in Vail, Colorado is a great way to bring your ice climbing to the next level. Whether you are a multi-pitch ice climber looking to explore a different angle on winter climbing, or you are just wanting to try something new, this experience is sure to deliver. Climbing through terrain using rock climbing and ice climbing strategies on crampons and ice tools is the theme of this wild activity.

With a deep connection to the history of ice climbing and the development of Mixed Climbing, Vail Ice Climbing areas offer adrenaline pumping rewards with both ice and mixed climbing routes. With ease of access and a multitude of challenging levels, this area is sure to make your introduction to this exciting sport an adventure of a lifetime. Climb at the same areas where pioneers of mixed climbing Alex Lowe, Bob Culp, and Will Gadd established many classic routes. Like seeing the marks of historic civilizations, you will be able to see the scratches that the legends of mixed climbing left behind in their pursuit for epic adventures. Pursue your own epic adventures in the same areas with some of the same challenges.

A full body balancing act supporting all of your weight on four half centimeter wide points at the tips of your crampons and ice tools, allows you to move upward on minute ledges of rock to reach small sections of ice. Mixed Climbing is an activity that is sure to challenge your mind and athleticism. Climbs range from 30 to 100+ feet in height, and offer a challenge for all skill levels and experience. Or if you are looking for an ice climbing adventure, checkout the Beginner Ice Climbing and Intermediate Ice Climbing courses.


Potential Topics

  • Beginner knots
  • Knowing your gear
  • The art of balancing on rock
  • Proper ice tool use on rock
  • Crampon technique, dual vs. mono points on rock
  • Voice commands, belaying and lowering
  • Rappelling

Our guides will work with you to select routes that meet your specific goals and skill set, whether you are a first time climber or an experienced intermediate ice climber. We look forward to sharing a multitude of beta and helping you to ascend the ice speckled rock and climb efficiently in the mountains. All ages 12 and up, all abilities, and all fitness levels are welcome.


Booking / More Info

All ages 12 and up

Ready to sign up? We look forward to working with you to select routes that suit your Mixed Climbing goals. Register with the accompanying calendar, call (970) 949-9111 or use our contact page to request more info.




Enjoy historic Mixed Climbing routes in Vail Colorado.

All ages 12 and up


Available daily


6-7 hours


Vail, CO (East Vail)
Leadville, CO (Chalk Creek)


Easy – Difficult


See our inclusion policy for special group requests.


  • 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 and thin pair for climbing
  • Hat and neck gaiter or balaclava
  • Goggles, sunglasses, or safety glasses
  • Small day pack
  • Water bottle (able to hold 32 oz)
  • Food


  • Hand warmers
  • Thermos of hot liquid
  • Gaiters
  • Extra gloves
  • Lip balm
  • Sunscreen
  • Water bottle insulator
  • Camera


  • Boots
  • Crampons
  • Ice Axes
  • Helmet
  • Harness (42”/44” max)

During times of Covid-19 concern please bring:
Face mask, Hand Sanitizer, Rubber Gloves (if desired)

Mixed Climbing


In winter, alpine flows freeze and form fantastically beautiful and surreal columns of ice over magnificent templates of rock. 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. Also given the nature of the ice, sections of each mixed climb forms slightly differently each year and is subject to change throughout the season which offers climbers a new experience every climb. With expansive views of the Colorado Rockies and a chance to challenge yourself in a winter wonderland, Mixed Climbing is a great way to spend the day in the mountains.

Our guides will teach you everything you need to know in our Mixed Climbing lessons so that you can ascend these ice spotted beauties and climb efficiently in the mountains. All ages 12 and up, all abilities, and all fitness levels are welcome. We will work with you to select the Mixed Climbing lesson that meets your specific needs and skill set, whether you are just starting out or an experienced Mixed Climber.