Advanced Winter Climbing

LAKE PLACID, NY

The programs below are offered to experienced climbers by private arrangement only. To schedule a customized lesson or guided climb please call 800-310-4504.

Alpine Climbs
Learn to Lead
Mixed Climbing
Glacier Skills & Crevasse Rescue

Private Rates

One Day Two Days* Three Days*
One person
(1:1)
$275 $550 $825
Two people
(2:1)
$185 each $370 each $555 each
Three people
(3:1)
$155 each $310 each $465 each
Four or more people $140 each $280 each $420 each

*prices listed are for consecutive days booked (not including overnights)

Alpine Climbs

This course is less about learning new skills and more about “putting it all together” on long classics in the Adirondack Mountains of New York. You’ll use your mountaineering skills, ice climbing skills and “mountain sense,” as well as your fitness and endurance to maximum efficiency. Your decision-making will also be tested – especially your avalanche hazard assessment skills as you push yourself to exciting new levels in some of the most starkly beautiful and challenging settings in the East. If conditions allow, routes like the Trap Dike on Mt. Colden or the North Face of Gothics are possible destinations for these climbs. These climbs will either be done as a Marathon 10 to 12 hour day or as a two day outing including an overnight in tents. Special rates apply for these extended backcountry climbs. Please call to discuss pricing and pre-requisites. Maximum guide to climber ratio for these climbs is 1:2.

Learn to Lead

The name says it all here – you want to move to the other end of the rope, and your experience so far says that it’s time. In this course, we’ll fill in any technical gaps that might exist in your set of skills, and move into the realm of the “sharp end.” We will begin to teach you how to think like a leader: assessing your party, choosing an appropriate route, sorting through the gear required, racking efficiently, protecting both leader and second, and planning for the descent. And remember – with your 20% outfitting discount, you can build up your rack after the course and work with your guide to decide which gear to buy. You must have significant experience following on ice, and preferably some experience leading on rock to be ready for this course.

Mixed Climbing

Are you looking to open up a whole new world of climbing possibilities? Enter the growing world of mixed climbing and learn to climb routes that involve a combination of some rock and some ice. This course will tap into your creative side and show you some fun, new ways to solve problems. We’ll be using ice climbing crampons and tools for both the rock and ice sections, so we’ll show you a few tips and tricks on how to get those steel points to stick to stone and then we will get right on those routes you have been eyeing. Previous ice and rock climbing experience is a must to be reach for this course.

Glacier Skills & Crevasse Rescue

If you aspire to climb bigger mountains out West or abroad, learning to rope up for and travel over glaciers is essential. You’ll also need to know how to extricate yourself or your partner from a crevasse. Though there are no glaciers in the Northeast, our instructors can teach you all of the latest tricks and techniques for navigating though these hazards. A portion of the day will be spent learning the basics of glacier rigging for different sized rope-teams, as well as equipment options and crevasse rescue systems. We will then set up and practice the demonstrated techniques in the field. We require technical climbing experience or participation in one or more of our mountaineering courses for this hands-on, technical program.