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Date Monday  1/12/2015
Group Denver
Event Title Denver Basic Ice Climbing Seminar 2015 Session A
Status Complete
Leader Bill Haneghan
Group Price $85.00
NonGroup Price $95.00
Available Participants Standby
Type Members Only (Programs/Education)


Monday Lecture at American Mountaineering Center, Golden, CO

Saturday Field Day TBD

For more info Contact

Bill Haneghan



(1) BRCS (Basic Rock Climbing Seminar) or equivalent, and

(2) at least 10 days climbing experience on rock. In other words, you need to be competent in basic climbing safety systems, including belaying, communication, tying-in, etc.

In one evening and one field day on ice, BICS will introduce novice or experienced rock climbers to the basics of ice climbing, and teach them to safely enjoy the sport in top-rope settings. The course focuses on equipment, safety, and technique.

BICS Dates:

Lecture: 6:00- 9:00 pm, Monday January 12

Field Day: Saturday January 17; Location to be determined (Jan 18 or Jan 24 possible alternative dates if weather is a problem)

BICS does not teach avalanche awareness or avalanche safety. These topics are covered in the Avalanche Terrain Avoidance Seminar or AIARE Level 1 School. If you are interested in learning to lead on ice, and are an experienced trad leader, consider the Denver Technical Ice Climbing School (TICS).


BICS will provide technical equipment for the class (ice tools and crampons).

Students will be expected to have the usual climbing gear for top rope climbing.

Students will be expected to have the necessary clothing and gear to negotiate snowy terrain in full winter.

That is, 3-season hiking boots, gloves, and coats will not be sufficient.

Best is to have a pair of boots that will take a hybrid or step-in crampon. We have some strap-on crampons that will fit boots without a toe or heel welt but this is not the optimal configuration.

Best is to have a pair of gloves that are thin enough to give you dexterity on the climb yet warm enough to avoid frostbite. And then best to have a pair of warmer gloves to wear when belaying or waiting for a rope.


Sorry it is past the registration deadline for this event.