An Ice Climbing Tour

  • Imagine ascending a frozen waterfall, swinging an ice tool into a bulge of blue ice, then placing your ice crampon onto a delicate shelf in a curtain of chandelier ice. So fun and exhilarating that you must give it a try!

    Near Aspen off of the Rio Grande trail next to the Roaring Fork River lies an ideal beginner ice climbing cliff called Sewer Falls. This is an ideal place to experience your first introduction to ice climbing or to work on technical skills for steeper and longer ice routes.

    Deep in the heart of the Rockies, the small Victorian town of Redstone, Colorado lies beneath soaring sandstone cliffs. Ample snowfall and year-round waterfalls that freeze solid from November through March make the hamlet an ice and mixed climber's get away with abundant routes. From WI 2 to WI 5, and M2 to M10, rim to canyon, most have easy access and are just minutes from the car.

    For the more experienced climber, consider a guided day of ice climbing in Redstone or Vail, Colorado! Our AMGA trained/certified mountain guides are experience alpinists that guide both ice and mixed-ice climbing routes.

     

  • Duration: Full Day Tour -  Approx 8:30 am - 3:30 pm | Short Day Tour - Approx 8:30 - 12:30 pm

    Location: The guide will be in touch with you the day before to determine your meeting place. .

    Maximum Guide Ratio:  4:1 

    Fitness Level: All tours are custom and suited for your physical ability and needs.

    Includes: AMGA trained/certified mountain guide, use of all technical ice climbing equipment including boots, ice crampons, harness, helmet, ice tools, ropes, etc.

    Not included: lunch/snack food.

  • Prep- Your guide will contact you the day before at the voice number you give us to discuss appropriate terrain for you and to confirm a meeting place and start time.

    You will be provided with all the technical ice climbing equipment necessary (boots, crampons, harness, helmet). We can arrange to set you up the morning of at 8:30 am at Aspen Highlands shop or the night before between 3:00-5:30 pm.

    The Day - Meet your guide at our shop or at a pre-determined location. You and your party will climb frozen waterfall ice. (lunch/snacks are not included)

  • BEQUIPMENT LIST

      CLOTHING

      • Socks: Wool or synthetic ski socks
      • Base layers: Synthetic, wool or silk bottom, underwear and top
      • Mid Layer: Synthetic or wool zip shirt
      • Hard Shell or Softshell pants: A pair with side vents are best. 
      • Insulated vest or jacket: down or synthetic. 
      • Hard or Soft shell jacket: waterproof and breathable, no or little insulation. 
      • Gloves: a pair of heavy gloves and a pair of medium weight gloves
      • Hats: one with brim, one for warmth
      • Neck Gaiter or Balaclava: optional, but nice to have
      • Helmet (recommended)
      • Sunglasses
      • Goggles 

      OTHER ITEMS

      • Water bottle
      • Small thermos: (Optional)
      • Sunscreen and lip balm: water/sweat-proof
      • Headlamp
      • Toiletries, Personal first-aid kit: for your personal meds/needs
      • Camera or Smartphone
      • Lunch/Snack food 
    • Participants will travel through the winter backcountry. Come dressed appropriately with warm layers for moderate physical exertion in cool and wintry weather and good winter walking boots.

      THE FIRST STEP

      It is suggested that you maintain a good level of physical fitness. Maintain and build heart and lung endurance with cardiovascular activities such as swimming, cycling, running and hiking. Hike up hill, up stairs or do squats to prepare your legs for mountain travel.

      THE NEXT STEP

      Follow a day of ice climbing with another day of ice climbing.

    • POLICIES

      Booking/Cancellation policy: AE requires a full credit card or cash/check payment to hold your reservation. Cancellations made within 7 days of a scheduled course will be charged full price. Travel Guard insurance is available via aspenexpeditions.com website.

      Risk Management

      Please note: AEW's number one priority is your safety. Many conditions affect our guides' decisions in the mountains, including client fitness and comfort, weather conditions and route conditions. There are inherent hazards in mountain travel such as inclement weather, avalanches, rock fall, ice fall that our guides manage yet cannot eliminate. The combination of our guides' formal training and wealth of experience assures that their sound decision create an enjoyable and safe mountain experience. Aspen Expeditions reserves the right to turn around or change routes without refunds or credits under any conditions. 




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