Ice Climbing


All climbing programs in West Hartford are booked by private arrangement only. If you are looking to master a specific skill or accomplish a particular goal or maybe you just want the guide to yourself, or on a day of your own choosing. Regardless of the reason or the size of your party, just give us a call at 800-310-4504 to set up a private climbing day tailored to your needs and schedule.

Below is a sample itinerary for our basic ice climbing and mountaineering course. As each program is customized, you do not have to follow any particular itinerary for your climbing day. For a more comprehensive lineup of courses, or to join a group lesson, check out our Climbing School locations in North Conway, NH; and New Paltz (Gunks), NY.

Ice Climbing 101
Join us on this course for some great climbing on both snow and ice, and you’ll come away with a full understanding of the fundamentals of winter climbing. It all starts here for people headed toward the winter pursuits of ice climbing or winter mountaineering. In this full-day course, we will outfit you with all the gear required to move on steep snow and moderate-angled ice.

Boots, crampons, and ice axes will become your primary tools, as well as ropes and related equipment that allow us to climb more safely. Efficient movement with crampons and ice axes forms the backbone of security for the mountaineer. We will practice self-arrest techniques and, as we move onto steeper terrain, the ropes and climbing harnesses come out so that we can move with confidence as the angle increases. If you are headed toward more serious winter mountaineering objectives, or perhaps drawn to the frozen waterfalls of the Northeast – this course will give you the knowledge and experience to tackle those goals.


West Hartford ice climbing lessons are booked by private arrangement only. Please give us a call at 800-310-4504 to setup your very own climbing day. Larger groups and families with kids 15 and younger please call for rates. Climbing available 7 days a week.

1 person $275
2 people $185 each
3 people $155 each
4 or more people $140 each


Climbers meet promptly at 9:00am at Eastern Mountain Sports in West Hartford. Click here for directions. In the morning you will meet your guide, sign a waiver form, and get fitted with climbing gear for the day. Once everyone is outfitted you will drive to the cliff. The whole day will be spent outside so please dress appropriate for the weather. You should also bring enough food and water for the entire day and a pack to carry items to the cliff. See gear list for entire list of what to bring. Programs usually wrap up around 4:30pm.

Included/ Not Included

Climbers will be outfitted with all technical equipment for the day. You are welcome to bring your own equipment but it will be subject to approval by your guide. Equipment provided includes mountaineering boots, crampons, ice axes, harness, helmet, and climbing hardware. Climbers will be expected to arrive dressed appropriately for the weather and provide their own lunches for the day. See gear list for complete list of items you will be responsible for bringing.

Cancellation Policy

Payment is due in full at time of reservation to secure your reservation. Events run rain or shine. Eastern Mountain Sports Schools reserves the right to cancel or reschedule events for low participation, weather or safety concerns at any time. We will try to give as much advance notice as possible, but may not always be able to give much advance warning, especially for weather cancellations. Cancellations or schedule changes 8 days or more prior to the event start date will be fully refunded or credited with no penalty. Reservation changes of any kind within 7 days of the event start date will not be refunded and you will not be allowed to carry over deposits to future events. For participants 17 or younger, a parent must sign a waiver form prior to climbing. If you have any questions please call 800-310-4504. We will be more than happy to review our cancellation policy with you.