BIPOC Ice Climbing Progression


Gallatin County, Montana

Group Size

4 people per guide


8 hours


Easy, Intermediate

The Montana Mountaineering Association will be offering a continuum of ice climbing clinics this winter for the BIPOC community. These clinics are for climbers of all experience levels who want to connect with the community and develop their technical skills.

Each continuum will be presented as a series of two clinics that build on each other over the course of the season. While participation in both is not required, preference will be given to participants who wish to be part of the continuum. Clinic participant numbers are small in order to ensure more personalized education and opportunities for feedback. Ice climbing clinics are capped at 4 participants. 

All BIPOC clinics are taught by BIPOC guides with AMGA training and years of experience climbing and skiing in SW Montana.



Ice Climbing Essentials: January 15-16, 2022

Ice Climbing Progression: February 6, 2022


Clinic continuum:

  • Ice Climbing Essentials: This two-day clinic introduces critical skills for ice climbing. No previous climbing experience is required. Topics include: equipment use and fitting, belaying and tying in, team communication, self-care in the winter environment, land ethic, and ice climbing movement.

  • Ice Climbing Progression: This one-day clinic builds on the skills taught in the Ice Climbing Essentials clinic and participants should have some familiarity with basic climbing techniques (rock or ice). Topics include: practicing ice tool and crampon use, refining ice movement for steeper ice, anchor building, and ice screw placement.