AS 225 - Introduction to Ice Climbing
The course begins with an indoor introduction to the tools of the trade: ice tools, crampons, climbing boots, and ice screws. We cover proper clothing and comfort in the cold and sometimes wet environment of ice climbs. The outdoor sessions begin with a review of knots, climbing signals, belaying, and site safety. Climbing techniques on varied terrain are demonstrated and then practiced by students. By the end of the course, students will have climbed several hundred vertical feet of class III ice. More difficult climbs are possible if skill levels and time permit. The course will involve four ¾ day sessions in the long block. Any make up session due to weather issues may need to take place on a weekend. Students are expected to become familiar with terms and techniques explained in readings and other media.
Introduction to Ice Climbing
Winter Intensive 2013
Pavel Cenkl, Faculty (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Geoffrey Fehrs, Teaching Assistant (email@example.com)
This course introduces students to the practice and culture of ice climbing. Over the 2 weeks of the winter intensive, we will explore several different climbing areas in Vermont and New Hampshire, and we will adopt a progressive approach to ice climbing technique on low-angle and vertical ice, mixed terrain, and rock.
All climbing equipment (boots, crampons, helmet, harness, belay device, etc.)
Medium sized backpack