Ice Day Course

This course will introduce you to the sport of ice climbing. By the end of the course you will have learned the basics of ice climbing in a top-rope setting.

Practical Skills Learned During This Course

  • How to climb, traverse and down climb an ice wall.
  • The tying and use of basic knots in ice climbing.
  • Recognition and the use of natural anchors for belaying and top-rope anchors.
  • How to belay properly using a mechanical belay device, as well as the use of belayer / climber signals.

Essential Information

Group Size: 6 Participants, Minimum of 4.

Cost: See Price List on right. 6 climbers for the price of 5.

Course Length: 1 Day.

Climbing: Most students in this course climb an average of 300 feet!

Location: Batchawana Bay - Mile 38 Road or Searchmont Icewall

Prerequisites: None, but an adventurous spirit is welcome!

Theoretical Skills Learned During This Course

  • What is ice climbing, top-roped climbing and how it relates to the sport of climbing and mountaineering.
  • History and development of ice climbing in the region and its significance.
  • Ice formations, crystal structure, bonding, and strength of ice faces.
  • Safety considerations in ice climbing and the applications to the top-roped environment.