Denver, CO 80202

Summit Ascents International, LLC Copyright 2019

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lead ice climbing


With solid skills in hand, now it’s time to learn to lead by getting out there on waterfall ice. This course takes you through different protection types and teaches proper foot and tool placement. Multi-pitch routes in Colorado demand adequate protection and our guides will show you what that looks like.


Those who have taken our intermediate course or climbed extensively through other services will appreciate the opportunity to push their limits while expanding on an existing knowledge base. By the end of the course you will have experience in leading out a pitch and moving towards multipitch routes.



Course Details

What to Bring:
  • We will provide you with an equipment list once you sign up

Skills you will learn:
  • Build on previous experience placing ice screws

  • Learn to build better rigging for anchors and belay stations including ice screw placement for belay stations and bolted routes

  • Build V-threads for rappeling when there is no alternative

  • Learn efficient rope techniques and stance so you don't burn out early

  • Learn ice climb retreat strategies



  • Intro to Ice climbing or comparable course

  • Intermediate ice climbing or comparable course

  • Have climbed outside of the given courses

Minimum Age:

Maximum Ratio: 
(Student : Guide) 



2 Days


Price Includes:
  • Group climbing gear

  • Ice climbing protection, slings

  • Ropes

  • Harness

  • Helmet

  • Boots

  • Crampons specific to water ice climbing

  • Ice Tools

  • Avalanche transceiver, shovel, probe (if needed)

Price Excludes:
  • Food

  • Transportation

  • Clothing, backpack and any personal items

  • Any type of insurance pertaining to a high risk sport

  • Gratuity if you decide your guide did a great job

Meeting Location:

This will be provided before the class, it changes with ice conditions and venue chosen for the day


We will send you lodging suggestions before the class date if you want to be closer to the venue