To learn the basic techniques to perform in lead climbing on ice falls autonomously and safely.
Get to know the equipment
Planning the climb, grades of the ice routes
Climbing physics (fall factor, shock force...)
Anchoring and securing on ice
Ice axe traction technique
Lead ice climbing
Ice climbing belays
- Day UIAGM/AEGM mountain guide services
- Advices prior the start
- Snacks and drinks during the day of both assistant/s and guide/s
- Assistant/s and guide/s extra expenses due to unexpected program variations
- It´s advisable to have the license issued by the Mountaineering Federation valid in the Pyrenees
- Mountain skiing is an extraordinary pass time but it involves risks. Each member of this journey takes full responsibility of what could happen.
- The mountain guide reserves the right to modify the program depending on snow conditions, weather, group factor or any other cause that in his opinion may be decisive.
- 35l. backpack
- Cramponable mountaineering boots
- Technical ice axes and crampons
- Gore-Tex jacket
- Thermal t-shirt
- Gore-Tex pants
- Softshell mountain pants
- Gloves + spare gloves
- Climbing landyard
- Belaying device
- 2 screw-locker carabiners
- 120 and 240cm slings
For the outdoor activity that you plan to be successful it is very important that it accommodates to your level, both physical and technical. Here we present some guidelines so that you can get an idea of what your level is according to the programs we propose. However, we recommend reaching to us so we can help you personally and adapt the program to your conditions.
- 1 = No or very little experience in mountaineering. Has big expertise in trekking. Able to walk on varied terrain (snow or rock) with some simple easy climbs. Graduation ascents "F".
- 2 = Reduced experience on big mountains and mountaineering. Has accomplished some climbs with the use of ice axe and crampons on steep terrain. Has travelled across alpine glaciers. Has slight notion of climbing and progression on ridgelines. Graduation ascents "PD".
- 3 = Frequently on big mountains and mountaineering. Accomplishes periodic ascents with the use of ice axes and crampons on steep terrains. Manages the rope for belaying. Travels across alpine glaciers and snowy or icy slopes. Has some knowledge on rock climbing up to IV or Vº and progression on ridgelines. Graduation ascents "AD".
- 4 = Solid experience on big mountains and mountaineering. Has already performed alpine ascents and classic rock climbs of multiple pitches up to Vº or 6a. Is able to place gear to protect oneself. Masters rope work, belaying and rapelling. Has knowledge of snow and ice climbing techniques. Is familiar with the use of crampons and ice axes on icy or snowy slopes of more than 60º. Graduation ascents "D".
- 5 = Extensive background on big mountains and mountaineering. Has performed alpine mixed routes as well as classic multi-pitch rock climbs up to 6a or 6b. Is familiar placing and removing trad gear such as friends, stoppers, ice screws. Masters rope work, building belay and rappel anchors. Knows how to perform a bivouac shelter. Experience in high altitude (4000m or over). Accustomed to use crampons and ice axes on icy or snowy slopes of more than 80º. Graduation ascents "MD".
- 1 = Completes easy hikes in the mountains of 3 or 4 hours long and 600 meters elevation gain carrying a light backpack of about 5 kg.
- 2 = Able to carry out itineraries from 4 to 6 hours long and 800 meters of elevation gain carrying a backpack of about 7 kg.
- 3 = Able to accomplish itineraries from 6 to 8 hours and 1000 meters elevation gain carrying a backpack of about 8 kg.
- 4 = Able to complete routes for 10 hours and up to 1200 meters elevation gain with a backpack of about 8 kg.
- 5 = Able to carry out long and hard routes of more than 12 hours and 1500 meters elevation gain carrying a heavy backpack of 10 kg or more.