Catalog 2013-2014

Introduction to Ice Climbing

  • Semester: Spring
  • Course Number: AS225
  • Instructors: Pavel Cenkl
  • Credit: 2

Course Description

The course begins with an indoor introduction to the tools of the trade: ice tools, crampons, climbing boots, and ice screws.  We cover proper clothing and comfort in the cold and sometimes wet environment of ice climbs.  The outdoor sessions begin with a review of knots, climbing signals, belaying, and site safety. Climbing techniques on varied terrain are demonstrated and then practiced by students.  By the end of the course, students will have climbed several hundred vertical feet of class III ice.  More difficult climbs are possible if skill levels and time permit.  The course will involve four ¾ day sessions in the long block.  Any make up session due to weather issues may need to take place on a weekend. Students are expected to become familiar with terms and techniques explained in readings and other media.