WINTER

ICE CLIMBING

Why

EXPERIENCE THE EXTREME WINTER BEAUTY OF ICE CLIMBING

Water seeping from the rocks freezes as it falls, allowing us to enjoy this challenging winter sport. These tours offer visitors an amazing first-hand experience of some of Stowe’s untamed nature, ice climbing brings you up close and personal to the outdoors.

 

Trips

Ice Climbing 101

This course is an introduction to waterfall ice climbing. Depending on your time and energy we will make this half or full day experience exciting for all ages and abilities.

NO PRIOR EXPERIENCE NECESSARY! Sunrise Mountain Guides provides all technical equipment. See the gear list for clothing and packing tips.

Ice Climbing 201

This course assumes some experience on ice.  You’ve done some toproping, you know your knots and you may have some of your own equipment.  If you’ve caught the ice bug and are ready for the next step, this course is for you!  Ice 201 is traditionally a full day, but we can cater a half day if the need is required.

Ice Climbing 301

This is an advanced level course for climbers who feel ready for the “sharp end”. Leading is very rewarding but one needs to be prepared with technical proficiency for the variety of situations ice presents. Lead climbing requires an acceptance of risk, but we will make this day safe and rewarding. This course is designed for a guide to client ratio of 2:1. If you have more people please schedule a month prior.

Ice Climbing Equipment List

Clothing
  • Base layer, long underwear top and bottom (synthetic only, no cotton)
  • Mid-layer, Fleece or pile light and heavy weight (insulation layer)
  • Soft shell, windproof, water resistant (provides limited insulation)
  • Outer-layer, waterproof/ breathable fabric (jacket w/ hood and pants)
  • 2 wool or synthetic hats
  • 2 pr gloves and or mittens
  • Neck Gaiter
  • Gaiters (optional)
  • Goggles/ sunglasses
Equipment (Provided)
  • Climbing Boots
  • Crampons
  • Ice Tools
  • Harness
Additional Equipment
  • Map/ compass/ GPS
  • Headlamp/ spare batteries
  • Water, Food
  • Whistle, Duct Tape
  • Compact lightweight emergency blanket
  • Emergency Tarp, large Plastic Bag
  • Knife/ multi tool
  • Matches and or lighter Candle
  • First aid supplies (tape, gauge bandage, antibiotic ointment, ace bandage)

Equipment Question?

Rates

Half Day Rates

Duration 4 Hours

Easy to Difficult 

1 person            $175

Group of 2+      $140 each 

Full Day Rates

Duration 8 Hours

Moderate to Difficult

1 person               $250

Additional people $150 each

Testimonials

What They Say

“Wow what a day! Went out with Greg and Walt and had a blast. My daughter (11) and I ice climbed and have never done it before. Greg and Walt are exceptional leaders, coaches and teachers. We really enjoyed ourselves today and will be back!” ~Trip Advisor

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Ice Climbing Experiences to Remember

COVID- 19 Response: Sunrise Mountain Guides is fully committed to the safety of our guides and clients. Covid-19 has increased our safety awareness.
The State of Vermont has established travel restrictions for visitors entering the State. We are happy to guide clients who show no signs or symptoms and have followed Vermont state guidelines.