California Guided Ice Climbing

California Technical Ice Climbing Instruction


Each winter the ice near June Lake and “The Big Leak” in Lee Vining Canyon set up to form the best ice climbing in California.  Here you can learn plenty about the technical world of ice climbing! For beginning ice climbers with necessary rock climbing or snow or mountaineering skills. A complete introduction to ice climbing the full spectrum of skills & techniques. Instruction includes proper crampon technique, tool placement, protection placement, standard belays, safety, movement on ice, energy conservation with lots of time practicing on the ice in Lee Vining Canyon.

Basic Technical Ice Climbing
Lee Vining Canyon, California

2 days / 1 night / Cost: $400.00
Special Add: Mountain Boots & Crampons Rentals $55.00

Lee Vining Ice ClimbingOur Basic Technical Ice climbing course designed for beginning to intermediate climbers who have basic rock climbing and snow climbing skills Two days spend on the ice learning the skills needed to climb the frozen medium. You will learn a full spectrum of climbing skills; instruction in proper crampon techniques, belays, stances, equipment selections, two tool placement, movement on ice, energy conservation, rope handling, and gear management. Join SWS Mountain Guides for a full introduction into the wild world of Technical Ice Climbing.

Departure City: Lee Vining, California
Group Size: Limited to 6 clients
Guide to Client Ratio: 1:3
Experience Level: For beginning to intermediate climbers with basic rock skills and snow climbing skills – rock gym experience is ok.


Advanced Technical Ice Climbing including Mixed
Lee Vining Canyon & June Lake, California

2 days / 1 night / Cost: $475.00

Technical Ice Climbing

For the experienced ice climber or experienced rock climber who has attended our Intermediate Ice Climbing Course. A challenging and exciting advanced technical ice course with plenty of time spent on the ice. Instruction includes advanced tool placement, protection placement, leading on ice practice, establishing the belay on the ice, multi-pitch ice climbing, mixed tool placement, climbing techniques for unusual conditions, using mono/dual point crampon technique and more. Low guide to client ratio of 1:2. Dates by Arrangement only mid-week preferred and recommended. Give us a call

Departure City: Lee Vining, California
Group Size: Limited to 2 clients
Guide to Client Ratio: 1:2
Experience Level: For experienced rock or ice climbers or those who have attended our Basic or Intermediate Technical Ice Course or with guides approval.


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