COVID update:  Due to current restrictions, we are not running our pre-scheduled group specials at this time.  However, we are offering PRIVATE guiding and instruction every day.  Please call us at (845)668-2030 for more information and availability.

Length

2 days (8:30am- 4:30pm)

Meeting Location

EMS Climbing School
3124 Route 44 & 55
Gardiner, NY 12525
845-668-2030
GPS: 41.727255,-74.194582
directions

Ratio

1:3

Cost

Please see private lessons for more information.

Lodging

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 Fast Track

NEW PALTZ (GUNKS), NEW YORK

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Join us in the Catskills 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. In this 2-day course, we combine our Winter Climbing 101 and our Ice Climbing 201 courses to provide a comprehensive 2-day ice climbing experience which focuses on the very foundation skills of ice climbing and winter mountaineering while providing an opportunity to test your ice climbing skills on steeper terrain.

Boots, crampons, and ice axes will become your primary tools, as well as ropes and related equipment that allow us to climb for the days terrain. On day 1, you will be introduced to the fundamentals of ice climbing and mountaineering while enjoying your practice of efficient movement with crampons and ice axe. We will also 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. On day 2, we 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.

After completing this course you will have a better understanding of the tools used for ice climbing and mountaineering, how to belay, walking with crampons, using an ice axe, self-arrest and climbing on moderate and steeper angle ice and snow, fundamentals of ice anchors, and practice using proper technique on steeper ice terrain.

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 845-668-2030.

Itinerary

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 and get outfitted with climbing gear for the day.  Once everyone is outfitted, groups will leave straight for the trailhead.  The whole day will be spent outside so please dress appropriately 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 gear, but it will be subject to a safety inspection by your guide.  Equipment provided includes mountaineering boots, crampons, mountaineering axe, ice tools, harness, helmet, and climbing hardware.  Climbers will be expected to arrive dressed appropriately for the weather and provide their own water, lunches, and snacks for the day.  See our gear list for a 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 the time of booking 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 more than 14 days prior to the program start date will be fully refunded or credited with no penalty.  Cancellations from 8 to 14 days from the program start date will not be refunded, but changes to reservations may be granted based on availability.  Cancellations or reservation changes within 7 days will not be refunded and you will not be allowed to reschedule or carry over deposits to future events (NO MATTER THE REASON FOR THE CANCELLATION).  Please mark the last day to cancel on your calendar after making your reservation.

Cancellations due to weather are determined only by EMS Schools and the guides – we will not make a weather cancellation at a guest’s behest.  Please note that forecasts change frequently and are rarely accurate more than a day or so out.  If it is determined a program needs to be canceled based on weather, we will call and/or email you prior to your reservation.  This may not always be far in advance of your reservation, so we suggest purchasing travel insurance if you are coming from afar.  If we do not reach out to you, your program will run as scheduled.  A full refund or rescheduling option will be available for those canceled due to weather.

Please remember that if you are joining a pre-scheduled group lesson, your reservation will be pending sufficient enrollment.  If the minimum number of participants is not met, we will offer you the option of upgrading to a private lesson, or we will reschedule or refund you.  NOTE:  If you do not arrive on time for a group lesson, we reserve the right to start without you and you will not be rescheduled or refunded.

We highly recommend looking into travel insurance if you are at all concerned that life events may get in the way of your ability to come out with us.  If you have any questions, please call 845-668-2030.  We would be more than happy to review our cancellation policy with you.

Eastern Mountain Sports Schools