California is well known for a sunny climate and fantastic rock climbing but less well known for its alpine ice climbing. In years of old, it used to be that come late summer and fall the snows of the past winter melted off and we had a great fall ice season. Now climate has meant that the snow and ice just keep on melting, so we are undertaking these courses earlier in the year when we have better conditions. Success with this type of climbing requires proficiency with crampon and ice axe skills so the goal of this program is to introduce a variety of techniques and put them to use on some good climbs.

If you are interested in doing either of these climbs individually and/or on different dates, please look at our pages for Mt Thompson via a North Couloir and Mt Gilbert via the North Couloir.