Front Range Mountain Guides of Colorado

Ice II
Intermediate Ice Climbing

Where : Various locations within a 1 1/2 hour drive from Denver
Length : One Day
When : December - Early April. Any day of the week.
Max Climbers : Up to 4
Pricing : $135 / $170 Private

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The Ice Two Class starts exactly where the Ice One class finishes. We begin by a short review on what we covered n the first class, then complete a couple top rope climbs that require a little more coaching on technique and continue smoothing out the studentsí movements and swings.

As the students continue to progress, we are able introduce them to the experience of following a lead climber (the guide, of course). Students will learn how to remove ice screws and properly belay the leader. Following a climb involves sometimes being out of eye contact with your partner so the student will get used to being belayed by someone he cannot see which may be a bit disconcerting the first time or two.

Once the students become more comfortable with this we can take them up climbs of longer length by teaching them multiple-pitch climbing techniques. We try to get on some longer ice falls that require two or three pitches of ice so students get to do some longer climbs in this class. Students will learn how to set ice screws and set equalized anchors in this class so they will know how to setup toprope climbs for themselves.

We finish the day with a few slightly more difficult top rope problems and some ice bouldering as well.

The time on the ice in this class will help you to accelerate your ability level and qualifies you to be eligible to go out with a guide for guided ascents of intermediate difficulty.

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