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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.

Level 3 Guiding & Coaching

5 days, 6 nights

Ratio: 2:1

Prerequisites: Classic Alpine Icefalls Classic Dolomites Ice Or equivalent

Price From: £1595*

* Fully inclusive price

 Course Dates
Cattedrale Centrale

The week comprises five full days of top-quality ice climbing in some of the best areas of the Dolomites stretching from the provinces of Trentino to Alto Adigeln in North Eastern Italy.

To get the most from this course, participants should have experience of seconding ice routes of grade IV (or above) in the Alps or on winter routes in the UK. If you do not already climb at this grade, then you may wish to consider either our 'Classic Alpine Icefalls' or 'Classic Dolomites Icefalls' courses as preparation.

Through expert coaching and instruction, we aim to build on both your personal climbing ability and also the skills-based technical aspects of climbing steep ice, so that you can fully enjoy some of the best grade IV and V icefalls in the region. 

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The course is suited to the level of those booked onto it, so that everyone can enjoy the right level of challenge. If you are keen and fit you will have the opportunity to follow routes at grade V/V+ (which have sustained vertical sections). There will be opportunities to learn lead climbing skills for people whose goal is to climb independently.

We operate in small teams and travel by private car, giving us greater flexibility to climb where the ice is best and to visit areas/routes which are new to you even if you have climbed with us before.

Is This Course For Me?

You must have the ability to follow ice routes of grade IV and a desire to attempt more challenging climbs led by the guide. Although approaches to the climbs are relatively short, general fitness is important. Icefall climbing at this standard requires good upper body strength such as would be gained by regular rock climbing or regular visits to an indoor climbing wall/gym.

On your booking form please mention any ice climbing venues you have climbed at previously. The final plan for the week will take account of your prior experience, the weather, and prevailing conditions in the mountains.

Sample Programme

Day 1 

(Sunday evening) Course convenes in Venice with welcome by ISM guides at 6.45pm and course briefing followed by evening meal.  

Day 2-3

2 days climbing in “Serrai di Sottoguda”. Serrai di Sottoguda is a deep natural gorge around two kilometres in length, carved into the rock between Malga Ciapela, the departure station of the Marmolada cableway, and Sottoguda. Closed in between huge rock walls, this canyon is the best known and most popular ice climbing area in the Dolomites. Serrai di Sottoguda has more than 20 icefalls and offers routes of all grades from 1 to 3 pitche.

Day 4

We will move to the Badia Valley, the German speaking part of the Dolomites, where we will climb one or two of the amazing icefalls that form out of the Sella range: Cascate di Damocle, Solo per Pochi, Brivido Sottile (120m grade 4+ to 5+).

Day 5

We will move to Cortina, the queen of the Dolomites to discover the most wild and beautiful valley for ice climbing in the Dolomites, the Val Travenanzes. The approach is around 2 hours (the longest of the week)  but is well worth is as you will climb one of the most beautiful and famous icefalls in Dolomites, “Sogno Canadese” (200m, grade 5).

Day 6

We will climb in another amazing and wild valley, Val di Gares, and climb “Tre per Tre” (120m, grade 5).

Day 7 

(Saturday) Breakfast is included at the hotel before departure.

Technical Skills Covered

As with the 'Classic Alpine Icefalls' course, during the climbing programme we review all important skills including: rapid ice screw placement and removal, racking equipment for steep ice, double rope technique, setting up stances and belays, retreating safely from an ice climb, assessing ice conditions, mixed-climbing techniques and adapting technique for higher-grade climbing.

Course Dates

Week Start Finish Price  
6 4 Feb 2018 10 Feb 2018 £1595