Colorado Ice Climbing

Ice climbing may sound exciting or it may sound scary. However, there’s really no way to know unless you try it, and this trip is designed to let you experience ice climbing at your own pace. The first day you learn how to walk around wearing crampons, how to swing ice tools, and then practice ice climbing technique beginning on low angle ice slowly progressing to near vertical. Day two, we typically change locations and offer a mixture of beginner level to more difficult climbs. Each day instruction will be given on ice climbing technique helping you become more efficient and confident in your ability.

Lodging for this trip is second to none! We will be staying in a cabin near our climbing site, complete with a hot tub, kitchen, and a mounted 13' Grizzly Bear!

Our goal is to provide you the opportunity to learn and try ice climbing at your own pace. Ice climbing is challenging, but there is nothing else like it. Join us for an awesome trip at an unbeatable price!



Trip Registration Info

Trip Dates:
February 20 - 23

Early Registration Deadline:
February 5

Early Trip Cost:

Late Registration Deadline:
February 12

Late Trip Cost:

Trip Specifics

San Juan Mountains Colorado

Cabin with a hot tub!

Top Rope Ice Climbing

Learning Goals:
Ice climbing equipment function and proper uses, ice climbing techniques, ice and winter environment, how to stay reasonably comfortable in the cold, rope management.

Prior Experience:
No climbing experience required, but having a belay verification from the TTU climbing wall will give you a head start.

Physical/Mental Challenge:
Moderately strenuous. It is similar to top-rope rock climbing but a little colder and wetter.

Included with Trip Registration

  • Lodging in cabin
  • All necessary gear and hardware
  • Transportation
  • Climbing Instruction
  • Meals while in the field

What Will You Need?

All regular items from the OPC trip pack list plus:

  • Gloves (2 pair)
  • Winter Clothing
  • Small backpack
  • Money for snacks/meals during travel