FUNDAMENTALS OF ALPINE CLIMBING
Fundamentals of Alpine Climbing is for newer climbers looking to become competent rope-team members in alpine and mountaineering situations.
Day 1 we spend the first day in the Ouray Ice Park going over all the basics including: How to pack, key climbing-knots, fundamental crampon techniques, and belaying a climber safely. Of course, we will do some climbing and provide you with focused, actionable feedback on how to best develop your technique. This day‘s climbing instruction will concentrate on footing: being secure and efficient on your crampons.
After a short break and dinner we will share an educational and entertaining presentation of one of your guides’ recent alpine climbing adventures.
Day 2 we delve further into the fundamentals of alpine climbing, starting with the specifics and the secrets of effectively using your ice axes. Over lunch we’ll show you how to read the ice, as one of the most important skills in climbing is how to mentally map your ascent before you climb. The final afternoon is split between practicing safe rappelling and rappel-station management with a final graduation climb-and-descent utilizing and cementing all your new-found knowledge.
$650 per person
January 28 – 29, 2023
Prerequisites: No prior climbing experience is necessary. Participants should be in good physical health, and capable of moderate to heavy physical exertion for several hours on two consecutive days.
WINTER ALPINE CLIMBING INTENSIVE
This 3-day intensive workshop is designed for competent intermediate and advanced level ice climbers that wish to hone their skills in a winter environment. Vince Anderson and his team of professionals will help you target and train specific areas for individual improvement when climbing on rock and ice in winter and expeditionary conditions. The class takes place in Ouray Colorado where we will take advantage of the area’s many famous ice routes as well as the surrounding rock walls.
Day 1 will focus on assessment of your skills and identifying and prioritizing areas for improvement. We will model proper techniques and demonstrate unique drills to address your individual needs.
Day 2 will start with us sharing skills related to the non-movement aspects of winter climbing and the afternoon will be spent on further technique development.
Day 3 we will climb backcountry winter routes. Opportunities to attempt first ascents will be presented along with climbs of area classics.
$950 per person
February 18 – 19, 2023