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Advanced Ice Climbing Course - 3 Days

Overview

Move past the basics of ice climbing. For the intermediate ice climber looking to up their game our advanced course will grow your understanding of the gear and technical systems while pushing your movement and hazard management to new levels. 

 

$1,250 Per Person
3 Days
Difficulty
Ratio:
3:1, 6:2

Trip Information

$1,250
Price based on 2-3 climbers per guide. Please contact us directly for private trips. 425-888-6397 x2 | info@proguiding.com 425-888-6397 x2 | info@proguiding.com

Designed for the individual who has followed dozens of routes over a few seasons our advanced ice course will review the fundamentals before tackling the concepts of leading on ice and multipitch climbing.

This course will take place in Lillooet, B.C. or near Banks Lake in Eastern Washington. Your booking fee will include 3 nights of hotel accommodations. Your guide will be in touch with location logistics based on conditions. 

 

Duration: 3
Ratio: 3:1, 6:2
Difficulty Level:
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Difficulty Level:
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Overall Difficulty: Moderate
Skills Required: Prior ice climbing experience needed
Fitness Level: Good physical fitness

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Itinerary

Sample Itinerary

Day 1:

  • Daily risk management including: avalanche hazard, cold exposure, steep climbing, falling ice and the use of sharp equipment
  • Review of intro course including: basic climbing technique, top rope management, lead belaying, ice screw placements and removal and simple anchor construction

Day 2:

  • Daily risk management
  • Intro to advanced ice: steeps, pillars, and bulges.
  • Mulit pitch managment including: anchors, belaying from above, rope management, positioning, lowereing and descening

Day 3:

  • Daily risk management
  • Lead tactics for single pitch ice terrain
  • Mock leading
  • Cleaning the anchor
  • Course debrief

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Pricing

$1,250
per person
Price based on 2-3 climbers per guide. Please contact us directly for private trips. 425-888-6397 x2 | info@proguiding.com 425-888-6397 x2 | info@proguiding.com
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What's Included In the Trip Price

Guides Wages

3 nights of accommodations

 

What's Not Included

-Transportation to and from location.
- Gratuity for the guide
- Personal equipment and meals: please see the equipment list

 

Payment Policy
If booking a domestic trip that is over 60 days away or an international trip that is over 90 days away, you can book your trip by paying a 20% deposit.  View Full Policy
Cancellation Policy
If you cancel for any reason 60 or more days before domestic trips or 90 or more days before international and Alaska trips, we will refund everything you have paid minus half of your deposit. No refunds will be provided if you cancel your trip for ANY REASON (this includes but is not limited to illness including CoVid-19, injury, or work-related issues) within 60 days of the start of domestic trips or 90 days of international and Alaska based trips.  View Full Policy

Equipment List

Clothing
Base Layer
  • Lightweight or midweight top (avoid cotton)
  • Lightweight or midweight long underwear bottoms, may omit depending on the warmth of your pants
  • Warm ski socks
Mid Layer
  • Fleece or wool or similar warmth layer
  • Wind shirt or soft shell jacket - wind & water resistant, breathable
Outerwear
  • Waterproof/breathable jacket with hood
  • Waterproof/breathable pants
  • Down or synthetic puffy-type jacket
  • Warm hat - should cover ears
  • Sun hat - baseball type or visor
  • Lightweight gloves
  • Ski gloves or mittens
  • Gaiters
  • A 3rd pair of gloves - recommended for temps above freezing in case your gloves get wet (lightweight or midweight)
Personal Gear
  • Day pack – large enough to fit everything inside ( 30-40 liters)
  • Water bottles - enough for a full day - wide mouth best to prevent freezing shut, hydration systems are okay if the temps are going to be above freezing
  • Lunch and snacks - enough for a full day
  • Sunglasses - adequate for snow travel
  • Goggles
  • Sunscreen - SPF 25+, waterproof
  • Lip Balm - SPF 15+
  • Headlamp - lightweight LED recommended
  • Face mask/covering - for when close contact is unavoidable
Technical Gear

Snow Travel Gear

  • Snow travel equipment - alpine touring or telemark skis or snowshoes
  • Boots - suitable for ice climbing (touring ski boots or mountaineering boots)
  • Poles - adjustable poles are ideal so you can adjust the length when going uphill/downhill
  • Climbing skins (if using skis)
  • Ski brakes or removable ski leashes

Safety Gear (depending on location of climb)

  • Avalanche Beacon
  • Shovel - compact, lightweight, metal blade preferred
  • Probe - dedicated probe only (240cm or longer strongly recommended)

Technical Gear

  • Harness
  • Crampons - suitable for ice climbing (12 point and steel)
  • Helmet - climbing, UIAA approved only
  • Ice Tools - guide can supply, discuss with guide

 

Optional Items
  • Notebook and writing utensil
  • Thermos - with a hot drink
  • Compass - adjustable declination a must
  • Altimeter watch
  • Maps - contact guiding office for appropriate quadrangles
  • Map case - large Ziploc bags work well
  • Camera
  • Hand sanitizer

PGS Supplied

Ropes

Ice screws

Carabiners, quick draws, and slings

First aid kit

Communication device

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