THIS IS FOR JANUARY 18. IF YOU WANT TO REGISTER OR GET YOURSELF ON THE WAITING LIST FOR JANUARY 11, GO HERE
All right, let the ice climbing season begin!
The fist class filled up! So we're starting another class the following weekend.
This is going to be an amazing winter. I want to take advantage of it and get more people from our group to learn ice climbing so we can go out there and climb by ourselves.
I'm scheduling this class (beginning), an intermediate class a little later, and will schedule at least one time for us to go by ourselves and practice.
Ice climbing is an amazing sport. I actually like it even more than rock climbing. It's also an essential skill to have for more advanced mountaineering.
Just like last year, we will be taking it with Sierra Mountaineering, and we'll be going to the Lee Vining/June Lake area, which is just 5 hours away from L.A.
And the best part is, that once again they are giving us an awesome discount:[masked] for two days. That's[masked] discount over the[masked] price. If you look it up, you will see that no school charges less than 320.00. So we are getting two days of professional ice climbing instruction with all the equipment included for a ridiculous price. You're welcome. ;-)
In this class we’ll learn the basics of ice climbing, use of equipment and ice protection, and practice different styles and methods for two full days with our own guides. We’ll meet with our guides at 7 am, head out to the location and stay there the whole day, heading out just in time so we get back before dark.
The plan, weather permitting, is to do the first day at June Lake, which is an easier place to climb and easier to get to, and then head out to Lee Vining on day two where we will practice on waterfall ice.
We should get there on Friday night so that we can be ready to go at 7. Of course we'll need a hotel for Saturday night too. I haven’t made any reservations, but the Murphey's offers a discount for ice climbers so rooms run about 60-70 bucks and we can put up to 4 people in each room. Here's the link for Murphey's:
I'll let you guys arrange carpool and rooming yourselves. We've done this class for the past two years and it's never a problem to find roommates and carpool. Just post on the comments that you are looking for carpool and roommates.
Right now we have enough guides assigned to our group that we can have 12 people. If we get more than 12 people they will try to get another guide and so on. If we end up with too many people and they don't have enough guides, we will do another group the following weekend, so if the trip if full, please put your name on the waiting list so I can see if we have enough people for a second group.
if you want to RSVP and don’t have the money right now, e mail me, and I may be able to get you in and have you pay me a little later (a little; I have to send them the payment soon to guarantee our spot). I’m tacking the pay pal fee to the price: $8.00, so the total price will be $238.00
Here’s the description and info for the class from their website:
Ice Climbing 101
Try something new. Ice climbing is an amazing winter adventure. If you have ever thought about trying something new, you should try this. Here are some commonly asked questions:
So, what is ice climbing exactly?
It's the craziest thing to be honest! Climbing on a medium that is here today, gone tomorrow is a wild adventure, but an amazing experience given the ever changing colors and textures of the ice and adjacent rock.
Is ice climbing dangerous?
Yes and no. Ice is a notch up the hazard scale from rock climbing given all the sharp tools (crampons, ice tools, ice screws) and the medium that changes constantly. But our ice instructors are very conscious of any hazards and do all they can to keep you out of harms way.
How do I climb up the ice?
On moderate ice it's the coolest thing, as you can place your ice tools and crampons literally anywhere you like.
Do you have to be a rock climber to be an ice climber?
Most of the people we see in courses have a rock background and are looking for a way to extend the climbing season, but this is not necessary as the skills are quite different.
What are the benefits of hiring a guide to take me ice climbing?
Given the complexities of ice climbing, a guide can accelerate the learning curve, let you try modern ice gear before you buy, be able to read the quality/stability of the ice, take you to the "hidden" ice climbs that most folks will miss.
- Detailed orientation of ice climbing and using the equipment:
• ice tools
• ice protection
- Try and practice different methods and styles for: Footwork, tool placement, and efficiency.
- Practice, practice, practice
- Go to steeper ice
- Work on efficiency and ice protection.
- Practice, practice, practice
• All climbing equipment:
o Belay Device
o Ice Tools
• All group equipment (ropes, protection, etc.)
• AMGA train and/or certified guide
• All necessary permits
Now, because of the price they are giving us, if someone has an odd shoe size or if we have too many people with the same shoe size, some people MAY have to rent their own shoes. They are about 20 bucks. Last year I think only two people had to do it out of 24 that took the classes, so most people will be OK, but I want to give you the heads up. Still, even if you have to rent your own shoes, you're getting an amazing deal. The sooner I let them know what size shoes we need, the more likely it is that they will be able to find it, so please make sure to answer the shoe size question once you RSVP.
Another possibility, depending on snowfall is that we might need to bring snowshoes. They have a whole bunch, and many of us have our own. But chances (very slim) are you may have to rent them if you don't own a pair already. I don't think that will be a problem. Last year we didn't need them and even if we had needed them, they had enough. But say we end up with a group of 18 for this one class and nobody has their own snowshoes, then some of us may have to rent them. I think they are 6 bucks. Again, I'm just making sure we're all in the same page so nobody feels misled or under-informed.
All right, let me know if you have any questions.
Let's go climb some ice!