Top-roping Water Ice - 2019

Climbing Course

Top-Roping Water Ice Course

Learn efficient and safe movement on vertical ice while on top rope.

COVID-19: Learn about our most up-to-date guidance for participants and leaders on our COVID-19 Response page. All participants and leaders must agree to the COVID-19 Code of Conduct before participating in this Mountaineers course.

Explore the world of water ice climbing! This is a single-pitch course that will cover the techniques needed for safe and efficient movement on vertical ice.  In order to focus on your technique, you will be protected by a top rope while climbing. The majority of instruction occurs during a multiday trip to one of several out-of-state locations known for reliable ice climbing. By the end of this course, students will successfully demonstrate excellent technique for climbing in the water ice environment (typically WI4).

This year, we will be going to Ouray, Colorado for 3 days of top roping water ice. Course fees include instruction, shared gear, lodging and permits, but not food or transportation.

Please send climbing resume (or a general description of your climbing background) and the reason you are interested in the course to mijainthemountains@gmail com. Refunds for cancellation will be dependent upon filling the spot.


Course Requirements
Course Activity Date Availability Leader
Top-Roping Water Ice - Lecture
Seattle Program Center
Mon, Dec 16, 2019
Registration closed Dec 14
2 participants
0 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Wed, Dec 18, 2019
Registration closed Dec 17
7 participants
0 instructors
Top-Roping Water Ice Climbing Field Trip
Ouray Ice Park
Wed, Jan 8, 2020 -
Sun, Jan 12, 2020
Registration closed Jan 6
4 participants
2 instructors
Ouray Ice Park
Wed, Jan 15, 2020 -
Sun, Jan 19, 2020
Registration closed Dec 13
0 participants
0 instructors
Required Equipment

We will cover gear recommendations during the first session at the Mountaineers. If you do not already have the gear, and wish to purchase it, expect to spend $500 to $1500 retail.  Do not buy anything in advance of course acceptance notices.  Basic gear includes:

- 2 technical tools

- steel crampons (vertical or horizontal points)

- stiff soled mountaineering boots appropriate for ice climbing

- proper layering systems and  gloves for ice climbing

- personal gear including helmet and harness

Depending on the location of the course, you may be able to rent tools and crampons at local stores. This is a good option if you want to try out different tools before purchasing and can make travel somewhat easier. You must pack ice tools and crampons in checked luggage on commercial flights.


Course Materials

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