Monthly
Dates
Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, WA; Banks Lake, WA; or Frenchman Coulee, WA
Location
8 Hours
Duration
Outdoor
Setting
Beginner
Skill Level

Welcome to the wonderful world of frozen water! We at Kaf Adventures love to ice climb! In fact, ice climbing has been a part of mountaineering and exploration for decades. Explorers developed techniques for traveling safely over glaciated terrain to reach the tops of mountains they saw from far below. As they set their sights on steeper and steeper objectives, new techniques and tools needed to be created; thus the art of ice climbing was born.

Whether pictures in magazines inspire you, friends told you about ice climbing, or you just thought it might be something fun to try; come experience the thrill of climbing, one of natures most dynamic mediums. During our ice climbing instructional courses, we will teach you all of the skills and techniques necessary to join our Mountaineering Program. Then you can join us for our Ice Climbing: Intermediate course.

AGES 18+ for adult courses or 16+ with consent from a guardian and Kaf approval.
12-18 for youth courses.
PREREQUISITES This is a beginner level course. Any previous climbing knowledge will enhance your ability to learn, but no prior experience is necessary.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN Belay techniques
Ice climbing movement
Ice tool and crampon techniques
INCLUDED 8 hours of expert instruction
Kaf Resources
Ropes
Ice Tools
Ice Screws
Crampons
Helmet
Harness
NOT INCLUDED Transportation
Lunch
Personal climbing gear: Layers and boots.
EQUIPMENT Ice Tools
Crampons
Helmet
Climbing boots
Appropriate layers
RENTALS We offer full-service rentals. If you need any gear, please visit our rental page.
TRANSPORTATION & TIMES Transportation and times will be coordinated by email when the pre-trip announcement is sent to all registrants.
WHAT’S NEXT  Ice Climbing: Intermediate, Mountaineering: Beginner, and Mountaineering: Intermediate.
SERACING At the end of the Summer season and into the Fall, the volcanoes in the Northwest allow us the opportunity to ice climb the dry ice at the toe of the glaciers. Join us at the end of the Summer season for some quality seracing.
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CUSTOM COURSES We can create any custom course you would like, in any of our disciplines: Rock Climbing, Mountaineering, Backpacking, Ice Climbing, Yoga + Wilderness, and Winter Recreation. If you don’t see a date or time that works for you, contact us, and we’ll arrange something. You can find our custom rates here.

 

Participants will meet at a designated park and ride convenient for all participants. Meeting times vary and will be determined in the pre-course email. We will also help you coordinate carpools. All driving will take place on plowed road. Chains for your vehicle will be required.

Ice climbing location vary in Washington. Plan on driving up to 2.5 hours or less to the location. Once at the location, climbers will travel on snow to the ice up to 1 hour and climbing will begin after a review of belaying technique. Locations are extremely cold, be prepared with warm layers as climbers will be standing around on the snow.

Most climbers will climb a few routes before heading back to the cars. Plan on being home by 9pm.

Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, WA
Frenchman Coulee, WA
Banks Lake, WA
Snoqualmie Pass, WA

Ice Climbing: Beginner (Seracing):
Saturday, 26 August 2017
Saturday, 9 September 2017
Saturday, 7 October 2017

Ice Climbing: Beginner (Waterfall Ice):
Saturdays:
30 December 2017
6 January 2018
20 January 2018
10 February 2018

Pair this course with Ice Climbing: Intermediate for a full weekend of climbing.

Book Online
CUSTOM COURSES We can create any custom course you would like, in any of our disciplines: Rock Climbing, Mountaineering, Backpacking, Ice Climbing, Yoga + Wilderness, and Winter Recreation. If you don’t see a date or time that works for you, contact us, and we’ll arrange something. You can find our custom rates here.

We are really excited to head out there with you! Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Book Online
CUSTOM COURSES We can create any custom course you would like, in any of our disciplines: Rock Climbing, Mountaineering, Backpacking, Ice Climbing, Yoga + Wilderness, and Winter Recreation. If you don’t see a date or time that works for you, contact us, and we’ll arrange something. You can find our custom rates here.