A Day on the Ice

Have you climbed ice before? Maybe it was with SMC, another guide service or by yourself and you want to get back into the swing of things (so to speak)?

Are your skills rusty and you want a tune up?

Or do you just want to get out and a have a day’s worth of fun on the ice?
If so, then our one day program is for you. Our goal is to get in as much climbing as we can in the day. We assume that having climbed ice before you remember some of the basics and we will not start from absolute zero. However we will still do a review of basic skills and techniques to make sure that everyone is on the same page. Once this review is complete our main goal is to get in as much climbing as possible and to push your skills and limits as far as you wish.



We do not include accommodation in the pricing but we suggest  the Lee Vining motels below.
Murpheys Motel 760-647-6316
Lake View Lodge  760-647-6543

We rent ice boots but have limited size runs so reserve them early on.

The best and only guidebook is our own SP Parkers “Eastern Sierra Ice”.
Get it from Maximus Press.

Where we go will depend upon the prevailing conditions. But we would like to get to climb in Lee Vining Canyon with its great variety of climbing and option to find terrain that will match your skill level and desires. Our goal is to get in as much climbing and practice as we are able.

Program Prerequisites:

Participants should be in good physical condition. Prior ice climbing experience is assumed.

Program Inclusions:

Price includes guiding, permits, group climbing gear, ice tools and crampons, helmets and snowshoes (if necessary).

Local accommodation is not included in the program. Please let us know if you need assistance making reservations.

Please Read before you go

We feel the following information is essential... (links open as PDF in new window)

  1. Details, itinerary, and equipment list for your trip
  2. SMC Cancellation Policy
  3. Suggestions on preparation - get the most out of your trip!
  4. Tips on physical training for your trip
  5. LNT - Let's work together to protect our precious mountain environment.

Rental Equipment:

Need to rent equipment for your trip? We can help.