Advanced Ice Climbing

The Advanced Ice Climbing course is for those with a significant amount of ice climbing experience. We will tackle more difficult and multi-pitch climbs. Photo: Ice climbing the classic route Repentence on Cathedral Ledge in North Conway, New Hampshire.

This course is available as one or multiple days. Extending the course to multiple days will allow in-depth instruction on advanced ice techniques and the opportunity to climb a variety of challenging ice climbs. Check out the more detailed itineraries below.

This course is available as a private or pre-existing group.

  • Choose whether this is a private (1 on 1) or an existing group. Prices are per person per day.
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  • Online booking is available 4 days from today (please call or email to inquire about earlier dates; we can often accommodate last minute requests). If you are booking for multiple days, this will be your starting date.
  • We'll be in touch to work out specific details, but please briefly describe your outdoor background (relative to the course or guiding objective) and goals.
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    Online Bookings
    Online bookings are subject to guide availability and other factors such as weather and climbing conditions. After receiving your online booking, we will get back to you within 1 business day via phone or email to confirm your booking. In the event that we cannot accommodate your booking, you have the option of having your payment refunded or applied to a future booking.

    SMG accepts credit cards, PayPal, checks, and cash. Payment is due in full 7 days before a booking (or at time of booking confirmation when a course/trip is less than 7 days away). An exception is made for payment by check or these cases, payment is due in full at or before the course/trip.

    If you have to cancel your booking, please give us as much notice as possible. If you cancel 30+ days before the booking, we’ll apply the deposit/payment towards another booking at a later date or you can request a refund. If you cancel from 14-29 days before the booking, we’ll apply the deposit/payment towards another booking at a later date. If you cancel 13 days or sooner from the booking, for any reason, the deposit/payment is forfeited.

    Weather & Winter
    Winter courses/trips are rain or shine. If SMG cancels a booking due to weather, we will reschedule you for an alternate date of your choice.

Pay a 50% Deposit

Course Information

At this point we’ll start to work a lot more on leashless climbing and we’ll talk extensively about its pros and cons and how to decide which style is most appropriate for a given route and your individual climbing ability. There are a lot of different leash and leashless designs, so knowing the different options and their pros and cons will help you to make an informed decision on which setup is best for you.

The advanced level course also focuses on descending safely from ice and alpine climbs, and you’ll get extensive experience with placing v-threads and other tricks for getting down safely. Most people taking an advanced class will likely already be doing some leading on their own. Whether you have started or not, getting on the sharp end under the watchful eye of a guide is a great way to refine and hone your technique, anchors, and overall efficiency. The overall objective in the advanced course is to finalize your apprenticeship and get you out climbing safely on your own, without a guide.

Mountains, Cliffs, & Routes

Possibilities include:

  • The Black Dike or Fafnir at Cannon Cliff in Franconia Notch
  • Repentence or Remission at Cathedral Ledge near North Conway
  • The Last Gentleman or The Promenade at Lake Willoughby in Vermont



One to Multiple Days





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