The San Juan Range of southwestern Colorado contains some of the best ice climbing terrain in North America, from long all-day ice climbs deep in the mountains to the Ouray Ice Park with hundreds of climbs for beginner and expert climbers alike.
RMI's guides enjoy teaching people how to climb, not just how to follow a guide all day. Climbing movement and technique, gear use, safety and decision making are all taught and tailored to an individual's pace.
Our low climber to guide ratio makes certain that you receive the most personalized instruction possible.
Whether you are new to ice climbing, need an ice climbing refresher after a year or two, or you would like to get onto some longer routes in the Colorado backcountry with a personal guide, we have a program for you.
These are great programs for gaining technical skills and confidence on icy terrain. We consider them essential training if you are considering a climb on the West Rib of Denali, an ascent of Mt. Rainier's Liberty Ridge, or if you just want to have a fun couple of days swinging your ice tools this winter!
Ice Climbing - Level 2
The perfect program for climbers training for longer advanced alpine routes like Denali's West Rib. Emphasis is on learning how to navigate steep ice and the techniques used for multi-pitch ice routes.
- 5 days
- Level 1
Ice Climbing - Level 1
Want to learn how to ice climb? This is your opportunity. The San Juan Mountains, home to some of the best ice climbing in America, is our top choice for learning and practicing to become a solid ice climber.
- 2 days
- Level 1
Private Guided Programs
Tailor an ice climbing program to your desires, perfect for detailed private instruction or climbing with friends and family.
- 1-5 days
- Level 1
Our ice courses are taught in the Durango, Silverton, and Ouray areas in Colorado's San Juan Mountains. This is a program organized by Rainier Mountaineering, Inc. and led exclusively by San Juan Mountain Guides, LLC (SJMG). SJMG is based in Ouray, Colorado, and is an authorized permit holder in the San Juan National Forest, Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests under priority use permit from the Forest Service, USDA.