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

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.

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.

Ice Climbing Gear List


  • Lightweight to midweight synthetic or wool base layers, tops and bottoms. Absolutely no cotton!
  • Midweight fleece like the Patagonia R1 or something similar.
  • Softshell pants ideally with a DWR (durable water resistant) coating.
  • Gore-Tex jacket and pants. Ideally the pants should be full zip in order to remove easily with crampons on. Size a tad larger so that layers fit well underneath. Just make sure the pants aren’t baggy, especially around the ankles.
  • Belay parka or “puffy” jacket sized large enough to fit over top of all your layers.
  • Gloves and lots of them. It’s nice to have a few different “weights” of gloves. A thin glove for hiking, a little bit thicker glove for climbing, and a heavy insulated glove or mitt for standing around or belaying.
  • A warm ski type hat or beanie (no pompom) that can be worn under a helmet.
  • Warm ski socks

Additional Gear:

  • Mid-sized backpack (30 liters)
  • Headlamp with extra batteries
  • Small personal first aid kit. FA kit should contain some pain relievers (Advil, Tylenol, etc…), moleskin (to treat blisters), athletic tape, band-aids, some gauze pads, and any personal prescriptions you may have. The guides will have a more extensive first-aid kit, so no need to pack anything extra.
  • Sunscreen, SPF 30 or better. Deodorant stick style is ideal.
  • Lip balm, SPF 30.
  • Water bottles, 2 liters for the day. No hydration bladders or bags which are likely to freeze.
  • Insulated water bottle for hot tea, 0.5 to 1 liter.
  • “Hot Hands” hand warmers especially if you’re prone to cold hands. A couple per day should suffice.
  • Personal climbing gear. Helmet, harness, belay/rappel device, 48” sling, and a locking carabiner. All these items are optional, as this equipment is included in the booking. If you have your own ice climbing boots, crampons, and ice tools, feel free to bring those as well.

What To Bring: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.

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, PO Box 1445, 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?” Tips in the guiding industry are similar to those in other service industries, with 20% being typical for a great 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, you may do so with cash or a personal check made payable to the guide.