A climber heading up New Hampshire's classic Standard Route WI 3
When the earth tilts on its axis and the northern hemisphere creeps into greater darkness, winter besets upon the mountains and seasonal drips turn into beautiful icicles. Climbing these frozen waterfalls is an art requiring delicate and powerful techniques. Practicing these skills on short cliffs is a necessity to take your climbing to longer alpine climbs in the greater ranges of the world. But it is also an amazingly rewarding activity in and of itself. I offer privately instructed trips throughout the United States for both beginner and experienced climbers. Please check the Registration page for more information.

Lee Vining, CA

At the Eastern entrance to Yosemite National Park lies the small mountain village of Lee Vining, the jumping off point for winter alpine objectives in the Eastern Sierra. A great place to learn the basics or tackle an advanced objective. The area is famous for Chouinard Falls which was originally climbed in 1970 by Yvon Chouinard and Doug Robinson using prototype tools Chouinard was creating that would revolutionize ice climbing. Now its a great place to learn both introductory and advanced techniques with the most modern equipment available. Find more information here.

Leading a thin line in North Carolina.
Ouray, CO

With a wealth of back-country ice and a world-class ice park a walk from downtown, Ouray has it all. Learn to swing your first tool in the park, or head into the mountains for long alpine gullies. The quaint alpine village of Ouray is a great place to relax after a long hard day of climbing. Find more information here.

Washington Alpine Ice

Classic long alpine ice routes abound on the glaciated peaks in Washington's Cascades. Early to mid-season (May-July) is the best time to attempt a big line like Mt. Baker's North Ridge or something shorter like Mt. Shuksan's western summit pyramid gully. Find more information here.

New Hampshire

Home to the greatest concentration of naturally forming ice in the country, New Hampshire's crags are teaming with ice come mid December. Locations like Frankenstein Cliff in Crawford Notch and Cathedral Ledge seen from the picturesque mountain town of North Conway are typical locations for introductory skills practice. If you've mastered the basics and want to take on a more alpine line, theirs nothing more classic than The Black Dike on Cannon Cliff.