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Women's Only Clinic on Friday

Friday’s Women Only Clinic presented by:

Bringing the fun and skill of ice climbing together with the unique spirit of an all female event makes this the “Hottest Women’s Clinic on Ice!” Join the best female athletes and mountain guides in the industry who will teach skills ranging from very basic beginner to multi-pitch efficiency and mixed climbing. Come find your inner goddess with these clinics created by women for women.

“It was so inspiring! I participated in the Women’s Only Day and learned/achieved so much! Our instructors/guides were amazing…first class all the way. Met some wonderful individuals from all over the world too. Definitely the most positive experience I have ever had sharing a rope with someone.”
- Robin, 2010 women’s clinic participant

Clinic Price Includes: Demos of the best dang gear on the planet including boots, crampons, axes, harnesses, helmets and clothing (pick up the night before). 5+ hours of on-ice instruction by world class climbers. Included is: Free admission to Thursday and Friday evening speakers, free admission to the legendary Sunday Wrap Party Dinner and a Movie, raffle tickets for free gear, a bunch of additional swag, discounts, and the most fun you can have with your clothes on.

So why the limited numbers? Despite 200+ routes within two miles of the parking lot, we work hard to keep the guide:student ratio low and plenty of opportunity to catch another lap and hang with your peers and heroes.


Montana Alpine Guides

If clinics sell out or if you are interested in private guiding visit our Montana Alpine Guides page.

2013 WOMEN’S ONLY CLINICS presented by Asolo

On-line sign up for all clinics will go live at 6:00 pm (Mountain Standard Time) on Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Clinic locations and class size may change without notice due to conditions and weather.

All clinic purchases are final. NO Refunds

Introduction to Ice Climbing at G2

Everyone has to start somewhere and this clinic is the spark new climbers need. We will discuss the basics of climbing gear, talk about knots and harnesses, discuss basic climbing technique, and then delve into ice climbing specifics skills like crampon use and technique, body position, and axe placement and techniques.

  • Skill Level Required: This course is designed for first time climbers with no experience.
  • Friday Scheduled Instructors: Mattie Sheafor, presented by Marmot & Jen Olson presented by La Sportiva
  • Location: Lower Greensleeves, Genesis II, and surrounding area, (this requires a 30-40 minute approach)
  • Estimated number of Participants: 10
  • Cost: $100, includes all the gear you need, world-class instruction, swag, & entry to ALL evening shows, including Sunday Wrap Party and Dinner.

Beginner Ice Climbing at G1

If you have rock climbed but have never swung an ice axe before, this one’s for you. Start at the beginning with the fundamentals of ice and gear. Learn from the best ladies in the business as they introduce you (or remind you) on how to start things right. Learn everything from basic equipment introductions and fundamental body position to curing the “Screaming Barfies.” You can be a novice first-timer or anyone that has tried it a few times and needs a refresher.

  • Skill Level Required: This course is designed for novice climbers with no ice experience or anyone who simply needs a refresher.
  • Friday Athlete/Instructors: Kitty Calhoun, brought to you by Patagonia & Dawn Glanc brought to you by Black Diamond
  • Location: Genesis I Left and surrounding areas, (this requires a 15-20 minute approach)
  • Estimated number of Participants: 14
  • Cost: $100, includes all the gear you need, world-class instruction, swag, & entry to ALL evening shows, including Sunday Wrap Party and Dinner.

Intermediate to Advanced Ice at Genesis

In many respects, ice climbing is about managing strength resources and mitigating pump, regardless of how many pull ups you can do, or not. Anyone with sausage fingers and half a brain can bash their way up an ice climb, but it won’t be pretty. The morning will be spent on steep ice up to WI 5 where you will learn the tips and techniques on how use body position and strategy to milk your strength and endurance. The second half of the day will evolve into several specialty mini-clinics (see descriptions below).

  • Skill Level Required: Anyone already possessing the basics of ice climbing technique.
  • Friday Athlete/Instructors: Three-time World Champion and special guest Ines Papert, brought to you by Arc’teryx
  • Location: Genesis I and surrounding area, (this requires a 15-20 minute approach)
  • Estimated number of Participants: 15
  • Cost: $100, includes all the gear you need, world-class instruction, swag, & entry to ALL evening shows, including Sunday Wrap Party and Dinner.

During the afternoon at Genesis there will be the opportunity for advanced specialty lessons on the diverse features found in the Genesis area. There will be introductions to mixed and rock climbing with ice tools, anchors, and other secrets of the pros. Anyone from the surrounding classes can participate (see descriptions).

  • “Mountaineer” i.e. Rock Climbing with Crampons

    Want to take your climbing to the snowed up and iced over mountains but not up for M 10, then this is the clinic for you. Most of the classic “mixed” climbs found everywhere from Granite Peak to Gasherbrum don’t require figure fours and one arm pull ups. In fact, more time is spent balancing on crampons with your hands doing more pushing than pulling. Learn and practice the skills you need to travel fast and efficiently in the mountains. These mini-clinics will be taught near Genesis I on several different rock features from low angle stuff (M3) to quite steep (M6).
  • “Anchor Therapy” i.e. Anchors Assessment & Protection Placement

    We all know peace of mind comes from feeling secure. These clinics will help you learn to trust ice screw and natural gear placement as well as anchor construction, all without having to talk about your mother. Learn the tricks used by the pros to stay quick, efficient and safe from Hyalite to Patagonia.

Beginner to Intermediate Ice at the Amphitheater

This clinic offers the full suite of skills needed to become a better ice climber. Starting on easy Grade 3 flows, move onto short vertical pillars including a taste of mixed climbing.

  • Skill Level: Some climbing experience is helpful.
  • Friday Athlete/Instructor: Jeannie Wall, presented by Outdoor Research
  • Location: Amphitheater and surrounding area, (this requires a 15-20 minute approach)
  • Estimated number of Participants: 8
  • Cost: $100, includes all the gear you need, world-class instruction, swag, & entry to ALL evening shows, including Sunday Wrap Party and Dinner.

Intermediate to Advanced at Mummy

Take your climbing up a notch. Learn more advanced techniques for not only the steep stuff up to Grade 5 but also how to move more efficiently and confidently on moderate ice. Mastering the skills taught in this clinic will make your ice climbing quicker, safer and more fun as you move onto longer climbs or branch out to new venues, or perhaps follow your passion to the greater ranges.

  • Skill Level: Some ice climbing experience up to Grade 3.
  • Friday Athlete/Instructor: Majka Buhardt brought to you by Patagonia, Andrea Charest brought to you by Mammut
  • Location: Mummy Cooler II/Scepter and surrounding area, (this requires a 45-60 minute approach).
  • Estimated number of Participants: 10
  • Cost: $TBD, includes all the gear you need, world-class instruction, swag, & entry to ALL evening shows, including Sunday Wrap Party and Dinner.

Intermediate and Advanced Mixed Master

This clinic includes a bit of everything on Hyalite’s most diverse and scenic venue, The Unnamed Wall. Designed to challenge the intermediate to advanced climber determined to improve their skills on everything from traditional mixed climbs, to moving quickly on fatty flows, to thin and narrow ice, dry rock, and if you are up for it, a little bit of climbing upside down!

  • Skill Level: Intermediate to advanced climbers, rock or ice.
  • Friday Athlete/Instructor: UIAGM/IFMGA Mountain Guide Stéphanie Maureau from Chamonix, France and US Olympic delegation member Kendra Stritch
  • Location: Unnamed Wall, (this requires a 30-40 minute approach)
  • Estimated number of Participants: 8
  • Cost: $100, includes all the gear you need, world-class instruction, swag, & entry to ALL evening shows, including Sunday Wrap Party and Dinner.

NOTE

All clinic purchases are final. NO Refunds

Instructors, clinic locations and class size may change without notice due to conditions and weather.


Montana Alpine Guides

If clinics sell out or if you are interested in private guiding visit our Montana Alpine Guides page.