Ice Climbing


 Ice ClimbingIce climbing stands apart from other styles of climbing and is one of the most unique forms of winter recreation. Many tend to become infatuated with swinging picks and daydream of when the ice will form up again; we know we have!

We offer ice climbing in New Hampshire and central Virginia when conditions are appropriate. BRMG teaches three levels of courses as well as Private Guiding days. Each season 2 or more Rock to Ice courses are scheduled in NH with open enrollment. Each course can accommodate up to 6 people at a rate of $150.00 per person per day.

As with all of our courses, the curriculum can be tailored to fit your needs and wants. We strive to allow ample time for practice and use of the skills you will learn on any of our courses.

 Rock to Ice

 Ice ClimbingThe Rock to Ice course is for gym or outdoor climbers looking to have their first swings and kicks at the frozen stuff. In this course, you will learn everything you need to be able to ice climb for the first time! The outlook of this course is to provide you with the skills and judgment necessary to climb with more experienced climbers or to prepare you for your next level ice course. Technical skills, climbing movement, risk management and staying comfortable while winter climbing are key points throughout the course.

Skills Taught:

  • Climbing area hazards and management
  • Review gear use, storage, and purchasing
  • Crampon use and technique
  • Swinging an ice tool
  • Climbing movement specific to ice
  • Review basic knots
  • Review top rope belaying
  • Lead belaying
  • Rappelling
  • Anchor evaluation
  • Climbing Leave No Trace principles

Prerequisites:

  • Indoor or outdoor climbing experience

Difficulty:

  • Easy – Moderate

Availability and Open Enrollment Courses:

  • Guide Availability
  • 2016/17 Winter Dates Coming Soon!

 

Intermediate Ice

 Ice ClimbingOur Intermediate Ice course is designed for climbers that have experienced ice climbing before or who have a strong background in multi-pitch rock climbing. This course focuses on following ice routes and multi-pitch ice climbing. During the course you will learn efficiency tactics, anchors and advanced movement skills, while mastering following routes and preparing for leading routes.

 Skills Taught:

  • Winter climbing hazards and management
  • Seconding ice routes
  • Placing ice screws
  • Constructing V thread anchors
  • Belay station management
  • Belay station transitions
  • Lead belaying
  • Anchor rigging
  • Anchor evaluation
  • Climbing Leave No Trace principles

Prerequisites:

  • Ice climbing or multi-pitch rock experience

Difficulty:

  • Moderate

Availability:

  • Guide Availability
  • 2016/17 Winter Dates Coming Soon!

 

Ice Leading

The Ice Leading course is for climbers who are ready to put their ice climbing skills to the test by going first! You will learn the skills necessary to climb and belay a second person up single pitch ice routes. Students will be able to practice placing screws, rope management, building anchors, and belaying a second while being backed up on a top rope system. Guided practice and preparation from this course will set you on track for leading your first ice route.

Ice Leading is a 2 or 3-day course format for 1-2 people. In order to get the most experience and retention of skills, a third day is highly recommended for those looking to accelerate into leading.

As with all of our courses, the curriculum can be tailored to fit your needs and wants. We strive to allow ample time for practice and use of the skills you will learn on any of our courses.

Skills Taught:

  • Climbing area hazards and management
  • Route finding and following
  • Gear placement and evaluation
  • Clipping tactics
  • Rope management
  • How to fall
  • Top belaying
  • Lead belaying
  • Anchor rigging
  • Anchor evaluation
  • Cleaning a route
  • How to work a route
  • Climbing Leave No Trace principles

 Prerequisites:

  • Ice climbing experience and rock or ice multi-pitch climbing experience

Difficulty:

  • Considerable

Availability:

  • Guide availability
  • 2016/17 Winter Dates Coming Soon!
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