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Mountaineering has picked up big time in our country. Increasing number of trekkers are graduating to mountaineering and semi-mountaineering peaks.

Just as trekkers are expected to prepare for a trek, being well prepared with correct technical skills and techniques is a must when a trekker chooses to go for a mountaineering expedition.

Ice climbing is an activity of climbing on frozen surfaces such as icefalls, frozen waterfalls, and cliffs and rock slabs covered with ice. This activity requires correct technique and proper gear and equipment.

This workshop is aimed at trekkers who want to learn the sport of ice climbing. In this workshop the participants will be taught different ice climbing techniques by mentors who are experts in this sport, and have years of experience in ice climbing.

By the end of this workshop the participants will have learnt basic ice climbing skills and techniques, and will also be able to comfortably go for mountaineering expeditions where you are required to use ice tools and ropes to climb mountains.

You will find all the information about the physical fitness required for this workshop, how one can prepare (recommended workouts and exercises), and the gear (climbing and non climbing) in the FAQ section.

Day 1 : Arrive in Leh.
Pick up from airport. Check into a hotel.
Acclimatize the whole day. Evening walk to Shanti Stupa.
Overnight at hotel in Leh.

Day 2 : Ice Climbing Theory Day in Leh
Gear fitting in the morning
Theory class on Ice climbing gear and information on layering for Crag.
Overnight at hotel in Leh.

Day 3: Intro to on-field Ice Climbing
Drive to the crag area - 2 hours and check into the home stay.
Visit Crag in the afternoon. Demo on Top Rope Climbing and class on Climbing Etiquettes.
Overnight in home stay.

Days 4, 5, and 6: Ice Climbing
Ice climbing through out the days.

  1. Crag etiquette
  2. Gear practical usage demo
  3. Footwork with crampons
  4. Workouts with ice tools
  5. Top rope climbing
  6. More practice with Crampons and Ice tools
  7. Advance climbing techniques like - Ice traversing, A shaped climbing, Resting on wall, Anchoring techniques, Usage of ice screws, learn Ice screw placement on Top rope.

Overnight (days 4 and 5) at home stay.

Day 6 Evening: Drive from Crag to Leh
Debriefing and Last Dinner out together!
Overnight at hotel in Leh

Day 8 : Departure after breakfast
Drop to airport will be arranged.

Includes –

  • Airport pick up and drop.
  • Stay on double/ triple occupancy in hotel in Leh and home stay near Crag.
  • All meals during the duration of the workshop (except lunch in Leh).
  • Climbing gear rentals (Harness, shoes, carabiners, ATCs, helmets, ice axes, Crampons)
  • Guiding and expertise charges
  • Travel to crag and back (if needed)

Excludes –

  • 5% GST
  • Rail/Air/ Bus travel to Leh and back.
  • Lunches in Leh
  • Any meals, drinks purchased by the participants separately.
  • Personal gear (refer FAQs)

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Yes, anyone with basic level of fitness can participate in this workshop.

The minimum fitness level of a participant must be- 1. Playing any sport OR 2. Frequently running OR 3. Cross fit / weight training OR 4. Able to do - Push ups, pull ups, abs crunches

Start with one lap of the following circuit, doing the exercises as ordered, 10 reps of each exercise. 1. Turkish get ups 2. Pull ups 3. Split squats 4. Incline pull ups 5. Toe raises (wear bots and stand on a step or block) 6. Hanging leg raises 7. Dips - bench or bar dips, depending on your strength level 8. Hindu push ups Do this workout 3 times a week with at least two days in between. Every week add a lap to the circuit

This workshop does not require prior climbing experience. However, participants should demonstrate basic physical fitness as mentioned above.

Here's the Things to Carry list for participants of this workshop. (Non Climbing Gear) 1. Winter base layers - uppers and lowers - 2 pairs 2. Gloves - inners (good quality inners) and climbing gloves (padded outers) 3. Climbing pants (mountaineering pants) - preferably stretchable - minimum 1 pair 4. Fleece - 1 5. Down jacket (minus 20 degree rated) 6. Hardshell/Rainproof - 1 7. Head lamp - 1 (extra batteries) 8. Socks - warm woolen socks - minimum 3 pairs 9. Sunglasses 10. Warm cap

The following ice climbing gear will be provided by us 1. Tools 2. Screws 3. Ropes 4. Harness 5. Helmets 6. Gaitors 7. Carabiners 8. ATC 9. Boots 10. Crampons

No. Ice climbing tools are different from glacier tools. Tools like ice axe, crampons, etc. used for ice climbing are different from those used for glacier.

Safety is a very important part of anything we do at Wandering Boots. 1. For this, we are committed to using the best possible gear for this course. We will be using all new ropes for additional safety. 2. At least 1 expert will be a trained and certified Wilderness First Responder. All our staff are capable of handling medical emergencies in the wilderness. 3. Participants to Expert ratio - 3:1

Ice climbing builds your strength, flexibility, and endurance. It helps in building your physical faculties. It builds your problem solving and risk assessment skills, since you are practicing this sport in a dynamic environment. You are constantly actively involved while climbing the fall, reaching the crag, etc.