Looking to try the very different world of ice climbing?  Then our Intro to ice climbing class is for you!  Conducted near the Eastern Sierra towns of Lee Vining and June Lake, this is a fun two-day ice climbing course training you in the basics of technical ice climbing skills. You will learn a full spectrum of ice climbing techniques with instruction in proper crampon techniques, ice climbing equipment selections, tool placements, movement on ice, basic protection placement and basic anchor systems…plus plenty of time climbing on the ice.

And for those with goals of climbing bigger mountains there’s no better way to hone your mountaineering skills. Learn from our ice climbing guides how to use crampons on steep ice is great training for alpine climbing around the the world.

Includes ice climbing training in:

  • Ice Climbing Gear selection

  • Rope management & belaying

  • Basic ice climbing movement on frozen waterfalls

  • Crampon front point technique & use of ice tools

We will provide everything you need such as ice climbing boots, ice tools, crampons, harness, helmet and all other technical gear. Our expert AMGA trained ice climbing guides will give you a great introduction into climbing frozen waterfalls. So if you are just wanting to give ice climbing a try or have bigger climbing goals in mind, this is a complete introduction to the world of water ice climbing.

We keep our group sizes small to avoid overcrowding at the ice and to ensure you get a personalized experience. Our scheduled courses will not have more than four total participants with one guide. 

This is a front country based ice course with no camping involved. However, there are local lodging options available.

Already have some ice climbing experience? Check out our Intermediate/Advanced Ice Climbing Course

Hey I wanted to say what a great experience I had ice climbing with Doug. He really is the salt of the earth and one of the best guides I have had the pleasure to share a rope with!”
— Shawn C.



No previous climbing experience is required for our intro to ice climbing courses. You should be in very good physical shape and have experience hiking on uneven terrain.


December 29-30 (2018)
January 12-13
January 19-20
February 9-10

February 16-17
March 2-3

Custom ice climbing dates available from late December through mid-March


COST: $395


  • Professional AMGA trained or certified mountain guides

  • Ice climbing boots

  • Ice axe, crampons, harness & Helmet


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