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Basic ice climbing instruction classes ouray colorado with Mountain Madness

Colorado Introduction to Mountaineering

A winter climbing course in a world class setting with creature comforts at the end of the day

Our Ouray Intro to Moun­taineer­ing course is a great way for begin­ner climbers to learn the fun­da­men­tals of moun­taineer­ing and for expe­ri­enced climbers to learn the lat­est tech­niques and review their skills. The moun­taineer­ing skills you learn are part of the fun­da­men­tal build­ing blocks of our climb­ing school and will set yopu up for future suc­cess and whet your appetite for learn­ing more. We spend two days in Ouray Col­orado, in the heart of the San Juan Moun­tains, learn­ing the essen­tials of alpine moun­taineer­ing, includ­ing ice axe and cram­pon use, self arrest, anchors, and more. Our high­ly moti­vat­ed and expe­ri­enced guides are com­mit­ted to mak­ing your intro to moun­taineer­ing course a reward­ing and edu­ca­tion­al experience. 

With quick access to the San Juan Back­coun­try and the Ouray Ice Park it is the per­fect place to learn the basic fun­da­men­tals of moun­taineer­ing. With the vari­ety of ter­rain avail­able in the San Juan Moun­tain this trip will sure­ly get you hooked on climb­ing. If you love it as much as we think you will, try adding a day or two for some Ouray ice climb­ing tour­ing with our guides while you’re already there.


  • Intro­duc­tion to Mountaineering

    $550 – 2 Days

    Minimum 2 participants


Course is Arranged on a Custom Basis — Contact Us or Visit our Colorado Guided Ice Climbing Trip Page for Pricing



Your itin­er­ary will depend on con­di­tions. We will pro­vide a meet­ing time for day 1, which will include an ini­tial equip­ment check before going out for the day. More infor­ma­tion will be pro­vid­ed upon your con­fir­ma­tion of the trip. Call for more details.


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  • Intro­duc­tion to Mountaineering


    2 Days

    Minimum 2 participants

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Ouray, Col­orado

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