When you sign up for an Ice Festival Clinic wwe give you an idea of the experience level required for each class below the clinic description. It is a good idea to follow our recommendations, but if you don’t fit neatly into one of the boxes don’t stress too much about it. Just sign up for whichever clinic you think you best fit in and you will be taken care of. The learning curve in ice climbing is very steep. You will quickly find yourself accomplishing things you never thought possible, before the Bozeman Ice Festival!
Regardless of the clinic you are in, the instructors will be patient and accommodating for all skill levels and experience. We will be toprope climbing and you will be belayed by professionals. It will be fun! You will learn to how to efficiently swing an ice axe, crampon techniques, how to climb with finesse and where to to take rests. There will also be clinics on how to read ice, ice anchors and mixed climbing, and pretty much anything else you want to learn that day.
We have seen our clinics literally change lives in the course of an afternoon. Graduates from our Festival have gone on to become accomplished and confident climbers in their own rite.
The take away message is, sign up for whichever clinic you feel best fits your needs and we will help you do the rest.