Ice Climbing Courses

Please read though all the following information carefully and save this page or print it off now for your records. Your guide will contact you once via email before this booking (unless it is a last minute booking then they may not have chance to). Please call 1-888-284-8433 or email the office or your guide if you have any questions about your booking.

Meeting Time: Courses meet at 6pm on the evening before the course start date unless otherwise arranged.

Cancellation Policies: To have made this booking you must have already read and agreed to our cancellation policies. Please click here to review these policies if you wish and contact the FMG office if you have any questions.

Travel Insurance: We strongly suggest you look into ‘travel insurance’ as this may protect you from losing your money if you have to cancel your booking at the last minute. We have done research and have had good feedback from clients that have used AIG Travel Guard. We think it is a prudent way to protect your course and money if you have to cancel your booking.

Guides’ Contact Information: Click here for a list of our guides’ email and cell phone numbers.

Directions:  If you have questions about your location, meeting location or directions please email or call your guide.

Waivers: Download the FMG Waiver. Please print one for each participant and bring them with you. Review the information and call or email the FMG office if you have any questions. Parents/Guardians must sign any participants waiver under the age of 18 years old. If you need Adobe Reader to open the document you can download it here for free.

What To Bring:

Technical Clothing

  • Lightweight Underwear. 2 pair tops & bottoms, Capilene, other synthetic or wool. No Cotton. Lightweight is preferable as it is more versatile (worn single layer in warmer conditions and double layer for colder). Zip-T-neck tops allow more ventilation options.
  • Expedition weight underwear top or fleece vest. For extra warmth.Fleece/Synthetic jacket. Mid- to Heavyweight pile (Polartec 200-300 depending upon cold tolerance). A full-zip version is easier to put on and has better ventilation than a pullover.
  • Synthetic Insulated Pants. Full separating side zippers (This is very important for ventilation and for ease of dressing up or down when conditions change in the middle of a climb).
  • Gore-Tex or Synthetic rain/snow shell pants & shell jacket with hood.
  • Option 1: Gore-Tex Shell Pants & Shell Jacket with hood. For the jacket we highly recommend a full front zipper, a roomy rather than snug fit and underarm zips which go well below the armpit.
  • Option 2: Jackets: Breathable nylon windshirt and coated nylon non-breathable raincoat to be used in combination. Pants: Waterproof shell pants.

Gloves & Mitts

  • 1 Pair Synthetic gloves. Bunting or fleece gloves. A heavier fleece will do a better job of keeping hands warmer when wet than lighter polypropylene or Capilene.
  • 1 Pair Ice Climbing Gloves. Make sure your gloves don’t have straps that get in the way of the Ice Tool leashes.

Socks

  • Wool or Pile Socks. 3 pair heavyweight wool or synthetic socks (wool is warmer) to be worn over the liner socks. When layering socks, check fit over feet and inside boots. It is very important to buy new socks regularly as they lose their cushioning over time. Socks with padded shins are especially nice with plastic boots.
  • Liner Socks. 3 pair of smooth thin wool, nylon or Capilene to be worn next to the skin. This reduces the incidence of blisters and hot-spots and helps the outer sock last longer before needing to be changed. They should fit well with your heavyweight socks.

Headwear

  • Warm Lightweight pile/wool hat. Both the hat and the balaclava should be able to fit under the helmet. Hat should cover ears.
  • Balaclava. Look for a simple lightweight model.

Additional Gear

  • Daypack. Internal frame pack 2,000 cu.in. Keep it simple and light, avoid unnecessary zippers, etc which add weight.
  • Headlamp. Bring spare bulb & batteries.
  • Small personal first-aid kit. (Simple and Light) Aspirin (Extra Strength Excedrin is best), Antibiotic ointment, Moleskin, molefoam, waterproof first-aid tape, athletic tape, Band-Aids, personal prescriptions, etc. The guides will have extensive first-aid kits, so leave anything extra behind. Please let your guide know about any medical issues before the climb.
  • Sunscreen. SPF 30 or better, 2 small tubes. Make sure that the sun screen is not older than 6 months. Sunscreen older than six months loses half of its SPF rating. Suggested: Dermatome or AloeGator.
  • Lip screen. SPF 30, at least 2 sticks. Not older than 6 months. Suggested: Blistex, Chapstick, Dermatone.
  • Water Bottles: 2 liters minimum capacity. Wide mouth bottles required. No water bag or bladder systems, they freeze or are hard to fill.
  • Camera gear. Optional. We recommend a small instant or point and shoot cameras. Please do not bring large SLR cameras with extra lenses. For the best pictures bring slow speed film, 50, 100, or 200. Simple and light. Digital and disposable cameras also work well.
  • “Hot Hands”. hand warmers are the best thing to have on cold days out on the ice. Bring a pack per day. They can be bought from hunting, sporting stores as well as Wal-Mart. (I buy mine online).
  • Thermos. .75 or 1 liter. For hot Tea/Coffee when out.
  • Bandanas, handy for runny noses
  • Personal climbing gear. Optional according to preference; all climbing equipment is included in the booking but if you have your own gear please bring:  helmet, harness, belay/rappel device and carabineer, mountaineering boots, crampons, and ice axes.

Stuff for Cabin/ Town

  • Slippers. Footwear for around the Cabin in the mornings and evenings
  • Something to wear in town
  • Sleeping Bag. For the cabin, indoor use only.
  • Favorite DVD’s (optional), share your favorite films with cabin mates. Climbing films and Adam’s selection of British sitcom DVD’s get old real quick.
  • Towel.

Tips for a Successful Course; Final Check List:

  • Read all the information carefully
  • Review your meeting location, date and time. Please allow extra time so you will arrive on time
  • Make a note of your guides cell phone number
  • Review directions and print them out for your trip
  • Download the FMG Waiver. Please print one for each participant and bring them with you. Review the information and call or email the FMG office if you have any questions. Parents/Guardians must sign any participants waiver under the age of 18 years old.
  • Look into trip insurance as this may protect you from losing your money if you have to cancel your trip at the last minute.
  • Review our cancellation policies and call or email the office with any questions.

 

 

Extra Information and Frequently Asked Questions:

Transport: It is your responsibility for your own transportation to and from the Trail Head each day.

Emergency Information: Please be aware that advanced medical care is normally over an hour away from the climbing and course sites, cell phones mostly do not work in the areas that the courses are run. All medical concerns, old injuries, and medications should be discussed with the Instructor prior to the course or day of guiding.

Readiness for Climbing: Please arrive in a state of physical and mental readiness.  Severe sleep deprivation, drug and alcohol use, and undisclosed medical conditions will greatly impair your ability to participate in a our programs and may create risks that will be difficult for your guide or instructor to manage.  Please do not consume drugs or alcohol within 12 hours of your climbing outing. Alcohol consumption and drug use is forbidden while on the trip.

Payment: We will charge your outstanding balance to the card you placed the original order on unless otherwise instructed. You may also pay the balance at any time before the trip by sending a check to: Fox Mountain Guides and Climbing School, 3228 Asheville Hwy, Pisgah Forest, NC 28768. Please include a note saying for whom the payment is for, what type of guiding or course and dates of booking. Please make checks payable to “Fox Mountain Guides, LLC”. There is a $30 service charge for all returned checks.

Tips: Clients may wish to tip there guide for a great day and while this is never expected it is always greatly appreciated. Many clients call the office to ask “how much should I tip?”, this is totally up to you. Tips have ranged from $20-$120 for a day. Please note that it is not possible to add a tip to your balance when paying with a credit card or check made payable to Fox Mountain Guides. If you do wish to tip your guide for a great day you may do so with cash or a personal check made payable to the guide.