Intermediate Ice Climbing

Generally this course involves an ascent of a multi-pitch ice climb such as Standard Route at Frankenstein Cliff or Cinema Gully on Mt. Willard. Photo: Ice climbing Standard Route at Frankenstein Cliff in Crawford Notch.

The Intermediate Ice Climbing course is generally for those who have completed the Intro to Ice Climbing course or the equivalent, or for those who have significant rock climbing experience but have yet to try ice. This course can be one, two, or three days. Extending the course to multiple days will allow you to get more comfortable climbing steeper ice and explore more terrain.

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.
  • Please choose the number of days.
    Please enter a value between 1 and 7.
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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.

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Course Information

In this course we’ll further hone your ice climbing technique:

  • There will be an emphasis on the idea of the self belay using your ice tools. The self belay is simply placing your tools so securely that you can essentially rely on them as a belay for keeping you attached to the ice.
  • You will also learn about rope work, placing & removing ice screws, and anchor building.
  • We’ll teach you how to “read” the ice, to see the weaknesses where tools want to stick and also to learn the places where the ice is weak and prone to break.
  • We’ll also go over the all important subject of how to get down. This includes how to place v-threads and we’ll talk about when it might be necessary to use two v-threads and many other tricks for rapelling safely.


Mountains, Cliffs, & Routes

Popular routes for this course include:

  • Standard Route at Frankenstein Cliff
  • Cinema Gully on Mt. Willard



One to Multiple Days





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