Moderate

DESCRIPTION:

Ice Progression

This long weekend is designed to take your skills and climbing experience to the next level by continuing the learning, this is a great progression if you attended the Ice Review Plus course or have a few days of Ice climbing experience under your belt. It is a great way to meet like minded people and be taught the highest standards in safety, efficiency at an advanced level by ACMG/IFMGA Mountain Guides.

The first two days are focused on advanced climbing movement and progressing your climbing grade and confidence, we will review building ice screw anchors and placing screws while leading routes. The third day we will climb one of the many classic multi pitch routes in the Bow Valley. This is a Bow Valley, Kananaskis and Ghost River based course.

6:1 Guest to guide ratio for instruction courses 2:1 guest to guide ratio for multi-pitch climbs. All guides are certified by the ACMG and or the IFMGA and the CAA, and have many years of climbing experience, your in good hands!

If you attended the Ice Review or Ice Review Plus courses you will receive 10% off of the Progression course.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • ACMG / IFMGA Certified Mountain Guide
  • Use of all technical gear
  • 2:1 ration on the multi pitch day

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Accommodations
  • Transportation

GEAR LIST

  • MOUNTAINEERING BOOTS: You will need proper mountaineering boots designed specifically for this use.
  • BACKPACK: Large enough to carry spare clothing, lunch, water and climbing gear. 40-55 litres
  • 2 TECHNICAL ICE CLIMBING TOOL for intermediate and advanced ascents. Modern leash less tools are preferred
  • CLIMBING HARNESS
  • 12 POINT CRAMPONS which must fit your boots.
  • CLIMBING HELMET
  • SUNGLASSES with good UV protection, 'glacier glasses'.
  • SUN CREAM.
  • Lip Cream.
  • HEADLAMP with fresh batteries.
  • WATERBOTTLE (1L minimum), Thermos
  • POCKET KNIFE.
  • BLISTER KIT ('moleskin', 'Second Skin')
  • CAMERA
  • SKI POLE
In the mountains it is important to layer your clothing. We suggest layers of light, easily carried clothing that allow for fast and easy adjustment to best suit fast changing temperature conditions in the mountains. Cotton clothing of any kind is not recommended as it causes rapid heat loss when wet. We will have time to go through your clothing and gear prior to the climb.   You will need to bring:
  • LONG UNDERWEAR, top and bottom, polypro, wool, capilene or fleece.
  • WOOL / BLEND SOCKS clean socks for each day.
  • Shoeller Pant and or Gore-tex pants
  • Wool or fleece LONG SLEEVE SHIRT.
  • FLEECE SWEATER (medium weight).
  • Heavyweight fleece or insulated/down JACKET. ***A good down Jacket with hood is highly recommended***
  • Water proof OUTER JACKET with hood (Gore-Tex).
  • Waterproof knee-length GAITERS that will fit over large boots.
  • Waterproof mountaineering GLOVES or wool / fleece mitts /gloves plus waterproof over mitts, two pairs.
  • Light weight winter ice climbing gloves which fit tight, used for climbing with. These offer better dexterity for working with the gear
  • WARM HAT / TOUQUE.
  • NECK TUBE / BALACLAVA

  • ACMG / IFMGA Certified Mountain Guide
  • Use of all technical gear
  • 2:1 ration on the multi pitch day