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SATURDAY

Please consult the Course Equipment Lists before signing up for a clinic.

FULL - Beginning Ice with Jim Pitarresi – $145

(due to popular demand, we’ve added a third beginner’s clinic on Monday!)

Climb with Jim (Doctor Ice) and learn about selection and use of gear, efficient use of tools and footwork. By end of day students should be proficient top roping moderate climbs.

Limited to 8 participants.

FULL - Women’s Climbing Clinic (Beginner to Intermediate) with Alexa Siegel - $145

Join a small group of women for an introduction to the sport of ice climbing. By the end of the day students should have refined techniques on near vertical ice.

Limited to 8 participants

FULLAlpine Climbing Primer with Chad Kennedy - $145 

Learn the fundamentals of ice, snow and mixed climbing with Rock & River Guide Chad Kennedy. This clinic is intended for participants who have limited experience with technical climbing in winter conditions. Participants will gain experience with use of an ice axe, cramponing on rock/ice/snow, proper use of a rope, and packing for a winter ascent.

Limited to 8 participants

FULL - M2: Intermediate Ice with Matt Horner and Matt McCormick – $145

Join Matt and Matt as they teach you techniques for moving efficiently on frozen water (intermediate level).  The two Matt’s are some of the best ice climbers in the northeast, but more importantly, excellent and enthusiastic teachers.

Limited to 8 participants

FULL - X-Rated Climbing: Steep, Thin and Hard Ice Techniques with Ian Osteyee (Intermediate/Advanced) - $145

CAMP and BlueWater Ropes athlete Ian Osteyee has established X-rated first ascents from here to Nepal – routes like Ruination (WI6 X) at Poko and Shaugdro (WI5 X) in Khumbu, Nepal. Renowned for climbing the unclimbable – desperately thin, steep and demanding ice with little or no gear – Ian will show you how he makes it look easy. Come prepared to learn the ice tool tuning tips, climbing techniques and tricks that allow the confidence to climb these mentally and physically challenging routes.

Limited to 6 participants

FULLSteep Ice for the Weak and Chickenhearted with Don Mellor – $145

This is a targeted course aimed at getting normal people up abnormally steep routes. It is aimed at people who know how to climb, but find themselves unable to lead sustained vertical ice. The theme is this: if someone told you not to do it, it probably works. This is not about powering your way up. It’s about slithering and groveling, engaging your knees, your elbows, and especially your brain. It’s not pretty, but we promise that you’ll be happily surprised. You already know about supposed “good technique,” and you are still getting pumped. This course will give you a very different perspective and a whole lot of subtle tricks.Hear what others are saying about Steep Ice for the Weak and Chickenhearted:

“I feel ten years younger. When I look in the mirror, I see the person I am supposed to be.”

“My friends have noticed the change. I’m sleeping better. My appetite is back.”

“My libido… it’s like I’m seventeen again.”

Warning: Do not take this course if you take nitrates, often prescribed for chest pain, as this may cause a sudden, unsafe drop in blood pressure. Discuss your general health status with your doctor to ensure that you are healthy enough to engage in steep ice climbing. If you experience chest pain, nausea, or any other discomforts during climbing, or if you experience a sudden loss of vision or hearing, seek immediate medical help. In the rare event of an ice lead lasting more than 4 hours, seek immediate medical help to avoid long-term injury. You owe it to yourself to take Don Mellor’s Steep Ice for the Weak and Chickenhearted. Call now.

Limited to 8 participants

FULL – Advanced Ice with Barry Blanchard – $145 

Ice climb with Patagonia athlete Barry Blanchard and learn special techniques required on steeper ice, thin ice, hollow ice and no ice. By end of day students should have refined techniques on difficult ice.

Limited to 8 participants

Snowshoe Mountaineering with Carl Heilman – $95

After a brief introduction indoors in the morning – to get to know the group, pass out handouts, and answer some questions – we’ll head out in the snow to spend a full day climbing in the mountains, having more fun than you ever imagined you could have on a pair of snowshoes!

Throughout the day we’ll practice and put to use different snowshoeing techniques, and also cover topics about winter equipment, weather, and safety, so folks will get a good sound start in winter mountaineering.

Most of our time will be spent off the trail. I like to pick routes that emphasize the use of snowshoe crampons and snowshoeing techniques. While the most strenuous part of snowshoeing is the climbing of course, the most fun is coming back down – running, jumping, and glec-sading (glissading) down the snowy slopes. Come as a novice snowshoer, and go home an expert.

Limited to 8 participants

Intro to Avalanche Safety & Rescue with Chuck Boyd – $95

If you are an avid mountaineer or backcountry skier, having the skills to assess avalanche terrain and make the right decisions is a must.  This course provides the approved curriculum of the American Avalanche Association and National Ski Patrol, for Introduction to Avalanche Safety and Rescue.  It is scheduled for Saturday all day. If this class fills we will offer another one-day course on Sunday.

This course teaches you how the terrain, weather, and snowpack affect the stability of the slopes you’re going to ski, ride, and/or climb.  The emphasis will be on recognizing the terrain and conditions for stability and travel techniques to identify safer routes.  Other important aspects of traveling in the backcountry that will be discussed are the use of avalanche rescue equipment and companion rescue.

Climbers and skiers, if you want hands on training with avalanche beacons, shovels, and probes, you should  sign up for a half day of rescue practice (Sun. or Mon., $45 fee). If you take Saturday’s course the additional fee is only $15.  You can bring your own equipment, or there will be equipment available for you to use.  We’ll spend the half day outdoors learning how to use the tools and practicing the basic skills for companion rescue.

People who complete this classroom session and Sunday or Monday’s field work would be able to obtain an L1 certification by attending the two weekend days of training (rather than the normal three days) at one of the L1 courses.

SOLO Wilderness First Aid (Two-Day Course) – $165

This is a two-day (16 hour) class offered by SOLO and taking place Saturday-Sunday. To register please follow the instructions by clicking the link above.

SUNDAY

Please consult the Course Equipment Lists before signing up for a clinic.

FULL - Beginning Ice with Jim Pitarresi – $145

Course same as Saturday (limit 8 participants)

SPACES STILL AVAILABLE – Women’s Climbing Clinic (Intermediate to Advanced) with Alexa Siegel – $145

Climb with a small group of women and refine your technique on vertical and more difficult ice.

Limited to 8 participants

FULL - Go Climb a Slide with Colin Loher and Jeremy Haas – $175

Join Rock & River guides Colin Loher and Jeremy Haas for a technical ascent of one of the many slides found in the High Peaks. Practice fundamental snow/ice climbing skills and rope techniques for safe and efficient travel over exposed alpine terrain. This clinic is suitable for participants who: have the fitness to winter hike for six hours; are proficient with the use of mountaineer axes/crampons; have experience with roped climbing, i.e. glacier travel and/or top roping.

Limited to 9 participants.

FULL – Intermediate to Advanced Ice with Nick Bullock – $145

Climb with DMM pro team member Nick Bullock and learn special techniques required on steeper ice, thin ice, hollow ice and no ice. By end of day students should have refined techniques on more difficult ice.

Limited to 8 participants

FULL - Steep Ice for the Weak and Chickenhearted with Don Mellor – $145

Course same as Saturday (limit 8 participants)

FULL - X-Rated Climbing: Steep, Thin and Hard Ice Techniques with Ian Osteyee (Intermediate/Advanced) - $145

Course same as Saturday (limit 6 participants)

FULL – M2: Advanced Ice with Matt Horner and Matt McCormick – $145

Join Matt and Matt as they teach you techniques for moving efficiently on frozen water (advanced level).  The two Matt’s are some of the best ice climbers in the northeast, but more importantly, excellent and enthusiastic teachers.

Limited to 8 participants

Intro to Avalanche Safety & Rescue with Chuck Boyd – $95

If you are an avid mountaineer or backcountry skier, having the skills to assess avalanche terrain and make the right decisions is a must.  This course provides the approved curriculum of the American Avalanche Association and National Ski Patrol, for Introduction to Avalanche Safety and Rescue.  It is scheduled for Saturday all day. If this class fills we will offer another one-day course on Sunday.

This course teaches you how the terrain, weather, and snowpack affect the stability of the slopes you’re going to ski, ride, and/or climb.  The emphasis will be on recognizing the terrain and conditions for stability and travel techniques to identify safer routes.  Other important aspects of traveling in the backcountry that will be discussed are the use of avalanche rescue equipment and companion rescue.

Climbers and skiers, if you want hands on training with avalanche beacons, shovels, and probes, you should  sign up for a half day of rescue practice (Sun. or Mon., $45 fee). If you take Saturday’s course the additional fee is only $15.  You can bring your own equipment, or there will be equipment available for you to use.  We’ll spend the half day outdoors learning how to use the tools and practicing the basic skills for companion rescue.

People who complete this classroom session and Monday’s field work would be able to obtain an L1 certification by attending the two weekend days of training (rather than the normal three days) at one of the L1 courses.

Avalanche Field Work Half-Day – $45 ($15 for those who took Saturday’s or Sunday’s avalanche course)

Climbers and skiers, if you want hands on training with avalanche beacons, shovels, and probes, you should sign up for this half-day of rescue practice. If you take Saturday’s course the additional fee is only $15.  You can bring your own equipment, or there will be equipment available for you to use.  We’ll spend the half-day outdoors learning how to use the tools and practicing the basic skills for companion rescue.

MONDAY

SPACES STILL AVAILABLE - Beginning Ice with Jim Pitarresi – $145

Due to popular demand, we have decided to hold another Beginning Ice clinic on Monday.  Course same as Saturday & Sunday (limit 8 participants).

Avalanche Field Work Half-Day – $45 ($15 for those who took Saturday’s avalanche course)

Climbers and skiers, if you want hands on training with avalanche beacons, shovels, and probes, you should  sign up for this half-day of rescue practice. If you take Saturday’s course the additional fee is only $15.  You can bring your own equipment, or there will be equipment available for you to use.  We’ll spend the half-day outdoors learning how to use the tools and practicing the basic skills for companion rescue.