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1 day (8:30am- 4:30pm)

Meeting Location

EMS Climbing School
3124 Route 44 & 55
Gardiner, NY 12525
800-310-4504 x2
GPS: 41.727255,-74.194582


group classes run with a minimum of 2 and maximum of 3 people


$150 per person
private lessons also available


lodging is not included in course fee. students will be responsible for their own accommodations. click here for area lodging.

Gear List

all technical climbing equipment will be provided. click here for items you will be responsible for bringing.

Ice Climbing 201


If you’ve taken our Winter Climbing 101 course or have some previous ice climbing experience, this full day course is for you. After reviewing the basics of ice axe and crampon use and self arrest techniques, we will then focus on specific techniques for efficient movement on steeper ice. We’ll help you fine-tune those techniques and then move on to ice protection and anchors. As with all of our courses, we provide all technical gear and offer everyone personalized instruction in a group environment.

IMPORTANT: 1) Weather and conditions may inhibit us from covering all topics outlined in this course. Please be open to a flexible schedule. 2) Groups classes require a minimum enrollment of two people. If you are booking alone for a group class your reservation is subject to change if minimum enrollment is not reached. Group classes are perfect for those with flexible schedules. Any class can be booked privately any day of the week. Private reservations are guaranteed to run. For information about private reservations please call 800-310-4504.


Groups meet promptly at 8:30am at the Eastern Mountain Sports in Gardiner. 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 groups will leave straight for the trail head. 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 backpack to carry items to the cliff. The day will end around 4:30pm back at EMS.

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. Meals, lodging and transportation are not included.

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.