ICE CLIMBING BAPTISM beginner course
Duration: 1 Day
Country/Region: Switzerland – Uri, Bern, Schwyz or Glarus
Price: 229 CHF p.P.
Ice climbing may be the most fascinating aspect of mountaineering. With precise stance on the front spikes of your crampons as well as effort-saving turns of the ice axe, frozen waterfalls, icicles, and even entire passages on bare rock can be mastered. A supreme discipline that demands a great deal of strength, delicacy, and coordination. But climbing frozen water will make you deeply happy, because no route is the same as before and the climbing experience is like nothing else! The perfect offer if you want to experience a new dimension of mountaineering in complete safety, prepare for your first lead on ice or just want to experience an adrenaline-rich adventure.
No experience necessary
Climbing and belaying
First experience is available
Generally fit and able to hike up to 1 hr.
Basic course – Your start into the world of ice climbing
In 1966, Yvon Chouinard revolutionized the world of ice climbing, thanks to the development of curved picks that allowed alpinists to climb increasingly steep ice walls thanks to the “Piolet Traction”technique. The region around Mont Blanc quickly distinguished itself as a development area for the new materials and as a testing ground for alpine objectives of all difficulties. 60 years later, ice climbing remains a niche discipline that is experiencing increasing popularity among rock climbers and adventure seekers. After all, climbing on ice is very diverse, intense and, most of all, incredibly fun.
Ice climbing should be considered a serious sport that requires some experience in alpine terrain and belaying techniques. An introduction by a qualified person is highly recommended. During this 1-day ice climbing course you may not learn how to climb Icelandic “shrimp” ice, but we will teach you all you need to know to autonomously and safely practice this fascinating sport in the ice climbing crag. Get ready for an incredible adventure into the world of frozen water!
If you are looking for an advanced course instead, this is the right course for you: Ice Climbing Level 2
Ice climbing baptism
The right offer if you want to climb your first ice pillar, or refine your technique in the ice climbing crag in sight of the next long tour. Ready for some action?
Your benefits with Exped Tribe:
Local and multilingual mountain guide
who will document the trip with professional recordings and look after your well-being. You will receive drone videos, photos and much more as a souvenir of your adventure.
of max. 8 participants. Increased flexibility, familiar atmosphere and harmonious get-together. We do our best to ensure that all participants have an incredible adventure! We conduct expectation phone calls and pool participants who have similar expectations and abilities. We are happy to accept special requests!
We offer Alpine gourmet cuisine, completely without meat/fish!
Planting of several trees per participant. You will receive a certificate of your trees and will be able to follow their growth.
Cost-effective rental materials such as winter sleeping bags, expedition tents and much more are at your disposal
Planned schedule of the ice climbing basic course
Meet & Greet at the meeting point. Distribution of the material and access to the ice climbing garden. Introduction to the ice axe and climbing technique. Short demonstration about the ice screw using technique and the belay station construction including Abakalov. Now the fun part begins! We will choose steep and thick icicles where we can improve our technique. Experienced participants can climb lead if they wish. Otherwise, during this adventure we climb on top rope.
After a warming tea and snack break we change the sector and look for new steep icicles to climb. Our mountain guide will teach you all the necessary techniques to be able to climb on ice alone safely in the climbing crag. End of the adventure around 16:00.
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Important info about your ice climbing course
- Hard shell jacket
Soft shell or down jacket
2 pair of gloves
- Sturdy shoes with rigid soles (conditionally or fully crampon-compatible)
- Sunglasses or ski goggles
- Sun and lip lotion
- Drinking bottle and thermos flask
- Ev. camera and powerbank
- Backpack (30l)
- Climbing harness
- 2 HMS carabiners, if available
- 2 ice axes, if available
- Crampons, if available
Swiss certified mountain guide
Snacks and Tea
- Group material
- Professional photo and video report of your adventure
Snacks (to increase the energy level again): This is eaten between breakfast and dinner and taken along for appropriate days. Dried fruit, chocolate, cheese, wholemeal bread and energy bars are suitable. So that your backpack is not too heavy, you should not take too much food with you.
Snacks and tea: Included on this tour. Out of commitment to animal welfare, we do not offer fish/meat. We do our best to keep the menu as exciting as possible despite logistical obstacles. Please notify us in advance of any special dietary needs.
- Helmet, CHF 15.00
- 2 Ice axes, CHF 30.00
- Crampons, CHF 20.00
- Climbing harness, CHF 20.00
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