Learn to Lead Ice Course
This is a four-day Learn to Lead program where participants are given the tools and instruction to take the sharp end on ice climbs. Multi-pitch climbing is covered. A significant amount of time is invested in ice climbing technique and movement.
- Belayer positioning.
- Assess frequency and availability of protection.
- Fall consequence.
- Extending placements.
- Protecting the belay and follower.
- Multiple stage rappels.
- Reading the CAIC bulletin.
- Basic avalanche equipment and use.
We’ll meet in Ouray (location TBD) for introductions and a discussion about the risks of being a lead climber. After a quick gear shake down, we’re off to the ice park to review movement, ice screws, anchor construction, and then get into the curriculum for lead climbing. This day is focused on forming an understanding of the system while still on top rope.
Now we dive deeper into the details. Frequency and availability of protection, fall consequence, protecting the belay and follower—as much as we can cover in the day. Participants will do mock leads.
Again, we’ll discuss the risks of climbing above protection, and then for participants who are ready, actual lead climbs will begin. Instructors will position themselves where they can assist in case a new leader gets into trouble.
At a suitable location, we’ll cover multi-pitch topics and do hands-on practice in the form of “mini-pitching” for half the day, and then move into more realistic terrain in the afternoon.
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For ice climbing trips in Telluride and Ouray, see our Half-Day Telluride Ice, Backcountry Ice, and Ouray Ice Park options.
If you have questions or are looking for more advanced instruction for mixed ice climbing, multi-pitch routes or hard alpine objectives, please contact the Mountain Trip office at [email protected] or (970) 369-1153.