Ice New Hampshire

Ice Climbing in New Hampshire

Ice Climbing 101: Learn to Ice Climb

Want to learn to ice climb? The Ice Climbing 101 Course is the ideal way to immerse yourself for three days on an in-depth skills course aimed at teaching you a solid foundation in ice climbing. This course is perfect for the novice ice climber or absolute beginner (we have even had candidates on this course who have never rock climbed before). We base this intensive three day course out of our 22 bed cabin in North Conway in New Hampshire. Here we will start with equipment selection, care and maintenance before moving out onto the ice, starting with proper crampon and ice axe techniques on lower angle terrain and slowly moving on to vertical ice routes.

We will look at many topics and all aspects of ice climbing including ice evaluation, hazard recognition, placing protection and building anchors systems in ice. The guides live at the cabin as well so in the evening after dinner we do short evening lectures.

Topics Covered:

  • Equipment and clothing for ice climbing; selection, proper fitting, use, storage and maintenance
  • Nutrition for ice climbers
  • Ice evaluation, hazard recognition and safety precautions for ice climbers
  • Efficient ice climbing techniques (starting with low angle and moving onto steep ice)
  • Belaying and communication
  • Introduction to placing ice protection and anchors
  • 3 days of stellar ice climbing at different New Hampshire locations!

What’s included:

  • Instructors and all technical ice climbing equipment (plastic boots, ice tools, crampons, etc.)
  • Accommodation with the instructors in a private 10 bedroom, 22 person Chalet in North Conway
  • Full breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks included
  • Some of the best ice you’ve ever climbed!

Dates:

All 2017 NH Ice courses are being conducted privately. Call 888-284-8433 for details.

 

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Ice Climbing 201: Multi-pitch Ice Climbing

The Ice Climbing 201 Course is designed for climbers who have previous ice climbing experience or candidates that have just completed the Ice Climbing 101 Course (these two courses can be booked back to back for a discounted rate). In this course we will look at the more advanced topics of climbing steep, sustained ice, lead climbing and climbing multi-pitch routes. Over the three days we will climb harder routes than the Ice Climbing 101 Course and also complete multi-pitch climbs on days 2 and 3.

We base this intensive three day course out of our 22 bed cabin in North Conway in New Hampshire. The guides live at the cabin as well so in the evening after dinner we do short evening lectures.

Topics Covered:

  • Advanced movement techniques for climbing steep, sustained ice routes
  • Multi-pitch ice climbingLeading ice routes
  • Rappelling multi-pitch ice routes and V-Threads
  • 3 days of stellar ice climbing at different NH locations!

What’s included:

  • Instructors and all technical ice climbing equipment (plastic boots, ice tools, crampons, etc.)
  • Accommodation with the guides in a private 10 bedroom, 22 person Chalet in North Conway
  • Full breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks included
  • Some of the best ice you’ve ever climbed!

Dates:

All 2017 NH Ice courses are being conducted privately. Call 888-284-8433 for details.

 

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Advanced Ice Climbing: Learn to Lead Ice Climbs

Our Advanced Ice Climbing Course is perfect for climbers with a solid background in the fundamentals of ice climbing and is particularly well suited for those who have taken our Ice 101 and 201 Courses. In this course, climbers will take their ice skills to the next level as they learn to lead ice and confront the challenges of climbing steep ice.

We base this intensive two day course out of our 22 bed cabin in North Conway in New Hampshire and jump right in on the first day, covering proper screw placements, anchoring, and leading techniques. At a minimum, students will mock lead routes of increasing difficulty  throughout the weekend, and those who are ready will get some leads under their belts as well. The guides live at the cabin with the students, so in the evening after dinner we do short evening lectures.

Topics Covered:

  • reading an ice route
  • protecting the climb
  • anchoring
  • managing pump when leading
  • 2 days of stellar ice climbing at different New Hampshire locations!

What’s included:

  • Instructors and all technical ice climbing equipment (plastic boots, ice tools, crampons, etc.)
  • Accommodation with the instructors in a private 10 bedroom, 22 person Chalet in North Conway
  • Full breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks included
  • Some of the best ice you’ve ever climbed!

Dates:

All 2017 NH Ice courses are being conducted privately. Call 888-284-8433 for details

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