Learn to Lead Ice Climb

Course Details

You have already learned to ice climb and maybe you’ve climbed some single pitch ice routes or perhaps climbed with someone who took you along on a longer and more committing multi-pitch route and now you want to make the leap to learning how to lead, but wants to learn how to do it safely. The Rockies are chock full of spectacular & ultra classic multi-pitch ice routes.


This program is tailor made for those folks looking to increase their level of confidence while seconding and of course to begin leading single ice climbing pitches. The Learn to Lead Ice is an intermediate level program for the more experienced climber who wants to learn how to lead and gain more self-sufficiency and begin taking greater ownership of their decisions


All of our programs are based out of Canmore, which is the gateway to the Mountain Parks of western Canada and home to highest variety & concentration of quality ice climbing routes unrivalled anywhere in the world.  Locations for the course will be dictated by route, avalanche and weather conditions at the time of the program.


2  Days

Course Costs

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*Please add 5% sales tax to the above amounts. *Additional expenses such as food, gear rental, park fees, transportation or accommodation not included. 4:1 Student to ACMG Instructor Ratio

Course Dates

Courses running all winter

Course Information

Taking the step to learn how to lead ice is a profound leap in terms of skill and confidence. Leading ice is serious business and it requires commitment and the appropriate set of skills to move safely over this ephemeral terrain.
You need to keep a cool head, place solid protection and be able to position yourself and partner in places that make sense to reduce overhead exposure as well as build bomber ice anchors.

The Learn to Lead Ice is designed to give you the skills to become a confident lead climber on single pitch ice climbing routes. An ice climber who is swapping leads with a partner has to have his/her act together and be a competent and accountable partner.

You will learn:

– Gear selection and how to rack your ice gear to capitalize on efficiency when you begin leading.
– Selecting an appropriate ice route given the conditions and your abilities and skill level.</li>
– Building bombproof ice anchors.
– Belaying a leader and a second.
– Ice Protection strategies and how to assess the quality of a good placement versus a marginal placement.
– Movement skills – we will make you a better & more efficient ice climber.
– Mental strategies for leading ice and how to keep your head in the game.
– Descent systems, how to get down by building V-Thread anchors, how to back up your anchor and your rappel.

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