Ice Climbing Trips and Courses
Durango, Silverton, & Ouray
Colorado’s San Juan Mountains
Are you interested in trading rock climbing shoes for ice climbing boots? Come experience the thrill of ice climbing with Kling Mountain Guides! KMG runs ice climbing trips and courses in Durango, Silverton, Ouray, and the San Juan Mountains of Southwestern Colorado. From introductory weekend ice climbing classes to challenging mixed climbing clinics let KMG design a custom program to help you build your skills for a lifetime of enjoyment on the ice.
Ice Climbing – Durango, CO
Beginner to Intermediate Ice Climbing
Cascade Canyon, a 100% natural ice park is located just north of Durango and Durango Mountain Resort. Our warmer days and arctic nights provide a perfect setting for waterfalls to freeze into perfect ice climbs! This all natural ice climbing park is perfect for beginner to expert. Escape the crowds of other ice parks and come climb with KMG!
Ice Climbing – Silverton, CO
Intermediate to Advanced Ice Climbing
The ice climbs around Silverton are some of the tallest, easiest accessed, and most aesthetic ice climbs in CO and the lower 48. Just north of Silverton is the historic mining town of Eureka. Climbs like Whore House Hoses and Stairway to Heaven are among the classics with many of the routes being over 6 pitches and 1200 ft tall! Some of our favorite routes in the Silverton area include but are not limited to:
- Stairway to Heaven WI4 1,200 ft
- Whorehouse Hoses WI5 600 ft
- First Gully WI3 600 ft
- Second Gully WI3 800 ft
- Goldrush WI4 600 ft
- Fat City Area
- Larry WI3
- Moe WI4
- Fat City Area WI 4-5 300 ft
- Hoser’s Highway WI 5 900 ft
- Unknown Scrappy Gully WI3-4 1,000 ft
Ice Climbing – Ouray, CO
Beginner to Advanced Ice Climbing
Come experience the world famous ice climbing meca of the Ouray CO. Ouray Ranger District based programs are run solely as American Alpine Institute programs, where Josh operates as an American Alpine Institute employee. Experience the wonder of climbing ice in world famous Ouray Colorado! Some of Josh’s personal favorite ice climbs in the Ouray area include but are not limited to:
- Ouray Ice Park
- Choppos Chimney
- Slippery When Wet
- Slip Slidin’ Away
- The Ribbon
- Senator Gulch
- AMGA Certified Alpine Guide or AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor (depending on program)
- Technical climbing equipment; tools, crampons, harness, helemt
- Federal Land Use Surcharge (USFS/BLM)
Price Does Not Include
- Travel to Durango, Silverton, or Ouray CO from your home location
- Transportation costs while in CO
- Items of personal nature
- Individual travel costs, delays, etc.
- Excess baggage fees
- Personal clothing or gear
- Alcoholic drinks and personal snacks
- All food while on the trip.
- Hotels before, during, and after trip
- Recommended Travel/trip cancelation insurance
- Guide/ Staff gratuity
- La Sportiva ice climbing boots are available for an addition fee
- Technical Ice Climbing Boots: You will need fully ridigd ice climbing boots. Examples are the Scarpa Phatnom Guide or La Sportiva Batura or La Sportiva Nepal Cube. Backcountry Experience in Durango has a large demo fleet of the latest ice climbing boots available.
- Technical Ice Climbing Crampons: The Camp USA Blade Runner or Camp USA are curently are crampons of choice.
- Technical Ice Climbing Tools: The Camp USA X All Mountain or Camp USA X Dream are curently are tools of choice.
- Harness: You will need a climbing harness with ice clippers. The Camp USA
- Helmet: We recommend Camp Speed helemnt. It’s light, comfortable, and both CE and UIAA rated.
- Wool Socks: Synthetic fabrics or wool work best.
- Wicking Baselayer Bottoms: Midweight synthetic or wool bottoms long underwear worn for moisture management. Patagonia Capilene 2 or Wool 2 are very good.
- Climbing Pants: These are a softshell Shorler type material. Ski pants DO NOT work.
- Wicking Base layer Tops: Midweight synthetic or wool tops long underwear worn for moisture management. Patagonia Capilene 2 or Wool 2 are very good.
- Insulating Shirt: Expedition weight fleece or wool top worn for warmth.
- Climbing Jacket: This jacket should not be very bulky. We recommend the Mountain Hardwear Kepler Jacket.
- Insulating Jacket: Used for warmth when we take breaks. The Mountain Hardwear’s Hooded Compressor is a great choice.
- Climbing Pack: A 25 liter alpine pack will cary everything you need. The Cilo Gear 30 Liter WorkSac or Patagonia Ascensionist 25L are both great options.
- Sunglasses: Must block 100% UVA/UVB. Models with side shields are best on glaciers. The
Julbo Advance is a great model.
- Light Gloves: The Camp USA Geko HOT glove or Black Diamond Punisher Glove are both great options.
- Heavy Belay Gloves: A super warm glove to wear while belaying. The Black Diamond Mercury Mitt or Black Diamond Guide Glove are both great options to fend off the “screaming barfies”
where the liners are removable for drying.
- Warm Hat: Synthetic fabrics or wool work best.
- Sunscreen: SPF 30 or greater.
- Lip Balm: SPF 30 or greater
- Water bottles or Thermos: 2 liters capacity is good. Thermos is prefered.The Kean Kanteen or Hydro Flask are our prefered choice.
- These climbs vary from beginner “never-have-I-ever” peaking to advenaed technical objectives. Please contact the KMG office to discuss various options and routes
- None! There are a life time of ice climbs to climbed in the San Juan Mountains. If you are unsure of your skills, or have never ice climbed before we recomend a Durango based ice climbing day for your first time out. Come have fun and try out ice climbing!
Registration & Cancelation
- To reserve your spot on a domestic climbing or skiing program please fill out the enclosed application and return it to us along with a 50% deposit if applying more than 60 days out. If your trip/ course starts in less than 60 days please submit full payment.
- Program registrations are non-transferable.
- If notice of cancellation is given in writing at least 60 days prior to the trip start date, you will be refunded your full deposit except for a $50 processing fee.
- If notice of cancellation is given in writing within 59 – 30 days prior to the trip start date, a cancellation fee equal to the deposit amount will be charged.
- If notice of cancellation is given in writing less than 30 days prior to the trip start date, a cancellation fee equal to 100% of the program fee will be charged.
October – March
Durango FULL DAY
Durango HALF DAY
Client to Guide Ratio
1:1 up to 4:1
Beginner to expert