In recent years ice climbing has seen a revolution in tools (see:Grivel) and techniques that allows the climber to confidently and efficiently move through seemingly extreme terrain. The frozen waterfalls throughout North America offer some of the finest venues for learning the winter dance of modern ice climbing. Join Suntoucher Mountain Guides to develop and enhance your techniques in this modern era of ice climbing.
Ice I - Intro to Waterfall Ice Climbing:
In this course we cover the fundamentals of crampon techniques and footwork, assessment of ice quality, equipment selection, ice axe placement, ice screw placement techniques, movement over terrain WI2 - 4, ice anchors and protection.
Ice II - Intermediate Waterfall Ice:
Review of basic skills covered in Intro to Water Ice Climbing, more advanced movement skills necessary to move efficiently in steeper more challenging terrain WI 4 - 5, skills necessary to second a pitch efficiently, screw placement for preparation to lead, fundamentals of leading.
Ice III/Mixed - Steep water ice and mixed climbing:
If the student displays the necessary skills and experience we progress to the more advanced course. In this course we offer a comprehensive leading seminar, refine current ice techniques, introduction to rock movement, and dry tooling or mixed climbing.
Ouray Colorado is a modern Mecca for winter waterfall climbing. The Uncompahgre gorge, located a few minutes from town is a unique area with over a hundred ice flows. The quick access and variety of climbing make the Ouray Ice Park one of the finest ice climbing venues in the world. Outside the ice park the San Juan Mountains offer some of the best back country water ice in the US. South mineral creek, Eureka, ice flows along highway 550, combined with many other routes provide an abundance of easily accessible ice like nowhere else in the lower 48, together with the great weather in the SW and the stunning beauty of the San Juans, this region of Colorado is a world class climbing destination.
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