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Name: Introduction to Leading on Ice (Ice Climbing) *TRIP FULL
Starts: Sat Jan 24, 2015
Meetup: St. David's Church, 6:30 am
Return: Sun Jan 25, 2015

Registration opens: Mon Nov 24, 2014
Event category: Instructional Program
Difficulty grade: B5  [?]
For members only: Yes
Screening used: Yes
Max participants: 5

Organizer: Club Courses
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Please describe your level of ice climbing in response to requirements noted.

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Participant Information

A 2 day course on learning to lead climb on ice.  There is a cost of $75 for this course, payable to the Club.  The course is lead by Jeremy Thom, a BCMC member. This course is for experienced ice climbers who are solid on top rope and are looking to start leading, and also for those that are newer to leading on ice.  If you are an experienced climber but a bit rusty/ tenuous, this course is also open to you.  Please review the requirements below before proceeding to sign up.

Please Note: The dates for this course are subject to minor changes, due to the instructor's professional commitments, and may have to be rescheduled on short notice.  Course is also heavily dependent on weather.

We will most likely be based in Lillooet (depending on conditions) so hotel, meals, and transportation will be extra . 

Experience Requirements

  • solid basic ice climbing technique, able to comfortably top rope WI4 or harder
  • at least 2 seasons and 20 days of experience top roping 
  • experience climbing many types of ice:  E.g. plastic, bulletproof, wet, soft, brittle, chandeliered, grainy, rotten, snice, thin, dinner plating, cauliflowered and very cold ice (even just for short stretches on them) 
  • comfortable leading on rock and building multidirectional rock anchors 
  • basic understanding of fall factor and impact force, and how the type of rope used and the spacing of gear affect those


*Note  While the course will focus on teaching/ improving upon leading skills, there will only be mock leads.


You don't need ice tools but do need a helmet, harness, belay device, suitable boots, and crampons with front points and, preferably, secondary points. 

Should you have any questions or concerns in the meantime, please don't hesitate to contact me at rsimzer @ gmail dot com.

On-line Registration process: once you register online, your name is automatically placed on the "Request List" for the organizer to process. Once the Organizer approves your registration, your name is placed on the "Waiting List" until your payment has been received either by cheque or PayPal/Credit Card (see below).  After payment has been received, your name will be placed on the "Confirmed List" and a confirmation email will be sent.  Note that course registration priority is on a first-come-first-served basis and your participation is NOT guaranteed until you have paid and your name is on the "Confirmed List"... so it's important that you pay the course fee ASAP after being notified that you are on the "Waiting List". 


PaymentPayPal/Credit Card payment is preferred and can be made through the BCMC website (click on the "Pay Now" button on the course description page -- You must be logged in on the website and your name must be on the "Waiting List" for the button to be visible on the course page). Alternatively, cheques should be made payable to British Columbia Mountaineering Club and mailed to PO Box 2674, Vancouver, BC V6B 3W8; Important Note: you MUST make arrangements with the organizer to keep a seat open for you while your cheque is in transit or your seat may be taken by someone else. 

IMPORTANT: cancellation fees may apply in case of a cancellation by a participant. Here is a link to the BCMC Course Refund Policy.

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