Front Range Mountain Guides of Colorado
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This course is designed to give you all the basic skills to begin to lead easy technical ice climbs on your own. A thorough explanation and practice of modern ice climbing techniques will be covered.
At the beginning of the day we demonstrate the proper selection of protection and how to set ice screws while on the lead. The students will first follow a lead climb, then lead several climbs during the day on lead routes that are less difficult. The students will be backed up by a top rope while practicing their leading techniques.
We rent a package of ice tools, harness, helmet, boots and crampons for $36 per day
Some of the topics covered:
Ice tool care
Setting up your tools for leading
Proper placement of ice screws
Recognition of differences in ice screws
Setting up a sound ice anchor
Special considerations of leading ice
Proper gear setup for leading
Choosing areas for placements
Choosing proper equipment
Assembling a rack for leading ice
Keeping the rope safe
Mixed route considerations
Recommendation of good areas for you to begin leading vertical ice
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