Steep Ice Clinic

Already have the ice bug but looking to accelerate your learning curve? Just like rock, climbing steep ice is about technique not just strength. Join the Boston Rock Gym and AMGA certified rock guide Joe Lentini for a one-day clinic focused on steep ice. 

Helmets, crampons, and gear are provided. You will need to rent winter mountaineering boots (available at REI).

Skills learned:

  • Anchor placement
  • Rope management
  • Intermediate/advanced ice protection

Clothing required:

Proper clothing/equipment is essential when going out into the mountains in winter. Participants should be prepared with the following items:

  • Skin LayersAny one of the following. Items should be synthetic wicking polyester.

    •        Lightweight synthetic long underwear top, long sleeve
    •        Midweight synthetic long underwear top, long sleeve
    •        Heavyweight synthetic long underwear top, long sleeve
  • Mid LayersAny one of the following. Items should be synthetic wicking polyester. 

    •        Midweight synthetic long underwear top, long sleeve
    •        Heavyweight synthetic long underwear top, long sleeve
  • Insulation Layers: Both of the following. 

    •        200-300 weight Polar Fleece or similar jacket. Pullover or zip up.
    •        Down or Prima-loft sweater or vest.
  • Bottom Layers:  Both of the following. Items should be synthetic wicking polyester. 

    •        Lightweight or midweight synthetic long underwear bottom
    •        Heavyweight synthetic bottom, pants or bibs
  • Outer Layer:  Both of the following.

    •        Gore-tex or other waterproof/breathable wind shell with secure hood. Pullover or zip up.
    •        Gore-tex or other waterproof/breathable wind pants or bibs, full side zips are best
  • Hands: Both of the following.

    •        Heavy gloves, a Gore-tex winter glove system
    •        Heavy mittens, insulated or Gore-tex shell and liners
  • Face, eyes and ears, feet, and otherAll of the following.

    •        Synthetic or wool hat or balaclava
    •        Ski goggles
    •        Facemask
    •        Headlamp or small flashlight
    •        One pair heavy wool or synthetic socks
    •        High boot gaiters (covers boot top to knee)
    •         1 or 2 large mouth water bottles
    •        Food for the day
    •        2500-4000 cubic inch pack with straps for crampons

Please email AMGA certified rock guide Joe Lentini with questions about clothing/equipment.

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Class details:

This program is designed for: Climbers with some ice experience
Location: Clinic is taught at Pitcher Falls in Albany, NH
Minimum Age: Must be at least 16 years old unless a private class is booked
Max ratio: 4 Climbers : 1 Instructor
Gear needed: Helmets, crampons, and ice axes are provided. Ice boots can be rented at REI.  
Experience needed: Some ice experience
What to wear:

See clothing/equipment list above

Reservation :

Space is limited in these courses. All courses must be pre-paid in full to reserve a space.

Cancellation:

We require a minimum of 7 days to cancel or re-schedule. No refunds will be given inside of 7 days prior to the course. BRG and it's guides may cancel or re-schedule due to weather. Refunds will be issued in the event of poor weather.

To view  price and  availability go to our online booking system. If you have any questions please call us at 781.935.7325.

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