In this course you will learn the skills and concepts required to 'second' a single or multi-pitch ice climb to grade 3 in difficulty. Upon completion you should be confident and capable of participating in a multi-pitch climb and a rappel descent with a greater ability, capable of leading a grade 3 ice wall.
Practical Skills Learned During This Course
- A review of skills learned in Ice 2 Course.
- Techniques required to ascend, traverse and descend steep ice, safely and quickly.
- The various types of ice climbing tools and hardware used in ice climbing. Their placement, removal and maintenance.
- Technique of Single vs. Double rope, racking and sorting of hardware.
- Seconding a lead ice climb and removing protection.
- Entering and departing multi-point anchors on multi-pitch climbs.
- Team movement in pitch climbing.
- Rappelling down an ice wall.
Group Size: 4 Participants, Minimum of 2.
Course Length: 2 Days, 1 Evening.
Location: Batchawana Area. or South Bay
Prerequisites: Ice 2 or equivalent.
Theoretical Skills Learned During This Course
- What is pitch and multi-pitch climbing on ice and the role of the seconding climber.
- Understanding the principles behind the placement of protection and multi-point anchors.
- How to plan an ice climb, selection of gear, role of guidebooks, route finding and partner selection.