Advanced Ice Climbing

If you have done our Introduction to Ice Climbing course or have climbed ice before this is the next step. The goal of this course is to get out onto steeper terrain and give you a chance to push your limits more on technically difficult ground and also introduce the skills necessary for undertaking longer and more difficult routes. We will refine the steep ice skills, the art of placing protection and work on creating solid belay anchors on multi pitch routes, as well as rope management. Mixed climbing is popular these days and we will also introduce the skills for this medium practicing dry tooling and thin ice techniques.

Here is our video from climbing the Bard Harrington wall. Can you see yourself here?



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 Parker’s “Eastern Sierra Ice.” Get it from Maximus Press.

We base this course from Lee Vining and climb in Lee Vining Canyon unless storms preclude climbing here. This canyon has a significant avalanche danger and if there is very bad weather we will most likely climb in the June Lake area. In a good season Lee Vining has challenging long routes that are certainly the best in California offering ascents up to three of four pitches in length on short vertical pillars and sometimes with mixed rock and ice sections.

Day One
Techniques for steep ice
Belaying on steep ice
Anchor construction
Belay stance organization
Practice on a short multi-pitch climb

Day Two
Multi-pitch climbing on the Bard-Harrington wall or similar.

Program Prerequisites:

Participants should be in good physical condition with prior ice climbing experience. Multi-pitch rock climbing experience is helpful.

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:

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