Intro to Winter Ice Climbing in Alaska – Technical Clinic

Overview

Intro to Winter Ice Climbing - Technical Clinic is a skills-based instructional training teaching you basic climbing language, equipment design and use and technical climbing skills. This training is intended for individuals who have an interest in climbing on their own but who need a “leg up” to get started.

Availability
November – March 
Duration
,
Begins In
Anchorage or Girdwood 
Ends In
Anchorage or Girdwood 
Transportation
Shuttle 
Difficulty
Novice, Intermediate 
Priced From
$135 per person 

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The venues for Intro to Winter Ice Climbing depend on how the ice “sets up” each season; we typically head to the Portage Valley south of Anchorage for the best novice-level frozen waterfalls and seeps. In one full day (6-8 hours) this course give your a strong foundation that you can use to advance to the next level of technical alpine climbing.

Develop and Review Skills
• Climbing knots and efficient rope-handling techniques
• Crampon and ice-ax techniques for snow, ice and mixed terrain
• Belay skills in a variety of mountaineering systems (rope-team, running belay, etc)
• Snow and ice anchors
• Route finding through crevassed terrain

 

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Itinerary

As with all Wild Alpine adventures, the itinerary for your next climbing adventure in the Portage Valley is entirely unique and customized to your goals. Contact us to begin planning your next big day out.

Recommended Daily Schedule
9:00 am: Meet your instructor in Anchorage or Girdwood
10:00 am: Arrive at climbing terrain and suit up
10:30 am – 1:00 pm: Morning session: skills review and custom clinics
1:00 pm: Lunch
1:30 pm – 4:30 pm: Afternoon session: custom clinics and free climbing
6:00 pm: Return to Anchorage or Girdwood.

About the Area

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Winter Ice Climbing Gear List

Guests are responsible for bringing appropriate outdoor gear. This packing list will help to ensure you have everything you need for your adventure. Plan your travel wardrobe around informal and comfortable clothing. The weather in Alaska is quite variable and changes quickly. High quality weatherproof gear is worth the investment, especially in the winter months. … Continue reading

Summer Ice Climbing Gear List

Guests are responsible for bringing appropriate outdoor gear. This packing list will help to ensure you have everything you need for your adventure. Plan your travel wardrobe around informal and comfortable clothing. The weather in Alaska is quite variable and changes quickly. High quality waterproof gear is worth the investment, especially for the summer months. … Continue reading