Clinics & Classes

 

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Our clinics are the perfect opportunity to gain experience and knowledge from some of the best climbers in the world!  We have scheduled our athletes to teach our Saturday through Sunday courses.     If you are interested in signing up, act quickly as space is limited!  All clinics meet at the American Legion Hall for introductions and to distribute equipment. All classes include demo gear for the day of the class only.  To get gear for the entire weekend you will need to pay for the gear demo.

THERE WILL BE NO REFUNDS IF PARTICIPANTS CANCEL! 

 

FULL DAY COURSES

Introduction to Ice Climbing

What better way to shorten your learning curve and learn proper ice climbing technique then to take a class from one of our professional instructors!  Learn equipment selection, tool placement, stance, and ice climbing technique.  Class is limited to 8 participants and with two routes selected there is sure to be plenty of climb time.   Space is limited for this course. $150 per person.

 

Intermediate Ice

Improve your ice climbing technique!  This intermediate course will focus on improving footwork, developing efficient tool placements/rests, and creating ease in both your style and your experience of the route.  The goal of the course will be to develop the tools necessary to conserve energy for longer and harder pitches of steep ice.  Participants should have prior ice climbing experience.  Class is limited to 8  participants and with two routes selected there is sure to be plenty of climb time.   Space is limited for this course. $150 per person.

 

Women’s Introduction to Ice

What better way to learn proper ice climbing technique than to take an all women’s class from one of our professional instructors!  Learn equipment selection, tool placement, stance, and ice climbing technique.  Class is limited to 8 female participants and with two routes selected there is sure to be plenty of climb time.   Space is limited for this course. $150 per person.

 

Women’s Intermediate Ice

Improve your ice climbing technique!  This all women’s intermediate course will focus on improving footwork, developing efficient tool placements/rests, and creating ease in both your style and your experience of the route.  The goal of the course will be to develop the tools necessary to conserve energy for longer and harder pitches of steep ice.  Participants should have prior ice climbing experience.   Class is limited to 8 female participants and with two routes selected there is sure to be plenty of climb time.   Space is limited for this course. $150 per person.

 

Introduction to Leading on Ice

This class is designed to introduce the beginning ice climber to the gear and techniques associated with leading on ice. Students will learn proper use of gear and equipment and will be shown different techniques and when to use them. Upon entering this class the student must have knowledge of the basic gear and techniques associated with ice climbing. $150 per person.  STUDENTS WILL NOT BE LEADING– All students will be on a top rope clipping a trail rope to the protection. Class is limited to 8 participants.

 

Women’s Introduction to Leading on Ice

This class is designed to introduce the beginning ice climber to the gear and techniques associated with leading on ice. Students will learn proper use of gear and equipment and will be shown different techniques and when to use them. Upon entering this class the student must have knowledge of the basic gear and techniques associated with ice climbing. $150 per person.  STUDENTS WILL NOT BE LEADING– All students will be on a top rope clipping a trail rope to the protection. Class is limited to 8 participants.

 

 

Building Top Rope Anchors

One of the essentials of safe climbing is the ability to create and/or identify safe anchors. This course will give you hands on instruction on how to build a solid top rope anchor. The course is designed to give you knowledge and background information and to give you actual anchor building experience under the watchful eye of our instructor. Through the course of the day, you will have the opportunity to build anchors, and have your anchors critiqued. By the end of the day you should have the confidence to set up your own anchors in just about any situation.  $150 per person.

 

Rigging for Rescues and Photography

While none of us plan on getting hurt while climbing, it is important to plan and practice what to do in the event it happens. In this clinic we will cover basics for high-angle rescue that are applicable to many of the ice climbs we find in the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore area. A number of the falls require the climber to rappel in and climb out, in the event of an injury or bad conditions making ascent difficult, it is required that the person is either hauled out or is able to ascend the ropes to reach the top.

Some of the techniques and concepts we will cover:

-rigging of a mechanical advantage system for hauling a casualty

-ascension

We will focus on a minimalistic approach to the equipment used. The gear and techniques will form the foundation for rigging and rescue in glacier travel and more complex multi-pitch rescues.  $150 per person.

 

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Pictured Rocks Back Country Adventure

This class is designed to introduce the intermediate ice climber to some of the back country formations along Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.  Participants will be shuttled into the back country where if in we will split the group and climb Bridal Veil Falls and Potatoe Patch Falls. Students will review proper use of gear and equipment and will be shown different techniques and when to use them. Upon entering this class the student must have knowledge of the basic gear and techniques including rappelling, associated with ice climbing. $200 per person. Class is limited to 5 participants.

 

Grand Island Back Country Adventure- East Channel

This class is designed to introduce the intermediate ice climber to some of the back country formations along Grand Islands East Channel.   Students will review proper use of gear and equipment and will be shown different techniques and when to use them. Upon entering this class the student must have knowledge of the basic gear and techniques including rappelling, associated with ice climbing. $200 per person. Class is limited to 8 participants. This trip will only be run if there is lake ice to cross to the island.

 

Pro Back Country Adventure- With Featured Athlete

This class is designed to introduce the intermediate ice climber to some of the back country formations along Grand Island West Shore.  Considered some of the best ice formations in the Midwest, this is a trip not to be missed! Participants will be shuttled into the back country via snowmobile.  Students will review proper use of gear and equipment and will be shown different techniques and when to use them. Upon entering this class the student must have knowledge of the basic gear and techniques including rappelling, associated with ice climbing. $299 per person. Class is limited to 5 participants. This trip will only be run if there is lake ice to cross to the island.

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HALF DAY COURSES

Ice Climbing Teaser

Want to try Ice Climbing but never had the chance?  Participants will get basic instruction in this half day course designed to give participants an ice climbing experience.

$80 per person.

 

Belay Station and Transitions on Multi Pitch

Increase your knowledge base, safety, efficiency, and speed on multi-pitch ice climbs by learning these valuable and important techniques during this non climbing, highly informative clinic. $40 per person. Participants will not be climbing during this course.

 

Equipment Selection & Maintenance

Looking to find the perfect gear for your climbing adventures? Gear selection, modification, sharpening picks and ice screws are just a few of the tips that professionals utilize before tackling the big routes.  Join our staff and learn the tricks of the trade!  Participants will not be climbing during this course.

$15 per person.

 

Ice Screw and Anchor Placement

Learn the fundamentals of ice screw placements, anchors, v threads and other anchoring systems during this non climbing, highly informative clinic.   $40 per person.  Participants will not be climbing during this course.

 

 

Kid’s Climb

The kids will learn about ice climbing in a safe and super fun environment! Space is limited so sign up early. $45 per person.

 

Instructors, clinic locations may change without notice due to conditions and weather. All clinic sales are final. No refunds.

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