If you’d prefer to book a private climb, call us at (845)668-2030 or email us at schools@ems.com for more information.

Length

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

Meeting Location

EMS Climbing School
3124 Route 44 & 55
Gardiner, NY 12525
directions

Ratio

1:4

Cost

Group course:  $175/person

Please click here for private rates.

Lodging

Transportation and lodging are not included in the 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.

Winter Climbing 101

NEW PALTZ (GUNKS), NEW YORK

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. 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.
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.

From here, a logical step is our Ice Climbing 201 course.

IMPORTANT:  1) Weather and conditions may inhibit us from covering all topics outlined in this course.  Please be open to a flexible schedule.  2) Group courses require a minimum enrollment in order to run, and your reservation is subject to change if minimum enrollment is not reached.  Please note that this winter group course is reserved for those age 16 and older.  3) If you have specific time and learning needs, any class can be booked privately on any day of the week.  For information about private reservations, please call 845-668-2030 or email us at schools@ems.com.

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What’s Next?

Ice Climbing 201 >>

Itinerary

Groups meet promptly at 8:30am at the Eastern Mountain Sports in Gardiner.  If you do not arrive on time, we reserve the right to start without you and you will not be rescheduled or refunded.  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

Eastern Mountain Sports Schools