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Ice Climbing

ISM prides itself in running high quality, adventurous climbing courses, structured around expert guiding and instruction, in a friendly and fun atmosphere. Ice climbing weeks are no exception to this!

Courses are run by professionals who are expert ice climbers having a wealth of experience from around the world.

The Alps has always provided great winter climbing conditions with typically low and stable temperatures forming some amazing ice. Conditions are generally at their best during January and February. The icefalls in the Canadian Rockies come into their own during March, when the weather is slightly warmer and the days longer.

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Instructional Courses

Ice Climbing Skills - Level 1

Our 5 day Ice Climbing Skills Course is designed to give you the best possible introduction to climbing the frozen waterfalls that form in the Italian and Swiss Alpine Valley's in winter

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Guided Climbing Weeks - Level 2

Classic Alpine Icefalls

In ice climbing perhaps more than in any other aspect of mountaineering, gaining good technique enables you to progress confidently through the grades and ultimately to achieve climbs at your full potential.

Canadian Icefalls

Climb in the Rocky Mountains of western Canada and you’re in for a feast. This is the Mecca for modern day mixed and icefall climbing. 33,000sq kilometres of National Park wilderness complete with moose, grizzly bears, cougars and of course, acres of beautiful ice.

Classic Dolomites Ice

The jagged limestone peaks of the Dolomites stand like huge cathedrals spanning the provinces of Trentino and Alto AdigeIn in North Eastern Italy. Clean ribbons of ice form in deep ravines, canyons and down steep cliffs, forming fortifications to these huge limestone castles.

Classic Swedish Ice

Looking for a more exotic venue? Then combine icefall climbing with the magic of the northern lights. Get away from the crowds and explore the wilderness and arctic mountains, experiencing a winter you'll never forget.

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Guided Climbing Weeks - Level 3

Technical Alpine Icefalls

This ice climbing course is for the more experienced ice climber who wants to make the most of a winter week of ice climbing in the Alps.

Technical Dolomites Ice

Enjoy some of the more challenging icefalls that form as ribbons of clean ice amidst the beautiful limestone peaks and canyons in one of the most fascinating areas of the Alps...the Italian Dolomites.

Technical Canadian icefalls

Climb in the Rocky Mountains of western Canada and you’re in for a feast. This is the Mecca for modern day mixed and icefall climbing. 33,000sq kilometres of National Park wilderness complete with moose, grizzly bears, cougars and of course, acres of beautiful ice.

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Private Guiding and Custom Weeks - Level 2 and 3

If you have ice-climbing objectives or particular destinations in mind which are outside the scope of our course programme, we can help you achieve your goals through Personal Guiding or Custom Weeks.