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Intro to Ice Climbing in the Blue Ridge Mountains, VA

Blue Ridge Mountains
Blue Ridge Mountains

Join one of our AMGA certified guides for a fun and educational intro to ice climbing trip in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.



1 Day

Jan - Mar, Dec




* Enjoy a full-day intro level ice climbing trip in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

* Learn a number of skills from belaying to equipment usage.

* Ideal for people new to ice climbing.


Ice climbing is a thrilling activity, one that pushes you while exciting you at the same time. And, on this full day trip, we would like to guide you on an introductory level ice climbing trip in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia.

Our trip will begin in the morning at a nearby coffee shop. From there, we will help you with equipment fitting, from boots and crampons to back packs. Afterwards, we will take a short drive or hike to the ice climbing area. Once there, you will get to start climbing.

Along with the fun of the climbing itself, we will also provide you with plenty of advice and tips on your climbing techniques. Thus, helping you improve your abilities, so you can test yourself on bigger climbing walls in the future.

Some of what you will learn during this trip includes the following.

  • Equipment usage

  • Crampon technique

  • Swinging ice tools

  • Climbing movement

  • Belaying

  • How to stay comfortable while winter climbing

Since this is an introductory level course, prior ice climbing experience is not required. However, due to the physical nature of ice climbing, you should be in good physical condition.

Ice climbing in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia is an experience you will never forget. To enjoy it for yourself, please send a request. We look forward to hearing from you and guiding you.

We also offer a full day rock to ice course in the Blue Ridge Mountains that you can enjoy here.

Price includes

- Guiding fee

Price details

Please send us a message for price information.

About the guide

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Blue Ridge

Rock Climbing Instructor

My name is Grant, and I serve as the head guide for the Blue Ridge Mountain Guides. We are based in Virginia, where I grew up climbing rock and ice, constantly searching for my next big adventure.

While I enjoy all types of climbing, I have to admit that I favor ice and trad. As much as I love climbing, I am equally dedicated to teaching. I have always had a great passion for sharing my love of this sport and the mountains with others. As a teacher, I am laid back, patient and adaptive in my teaching style. I strive to convey information and skills to my students in a way that easy to understand and retain.

I am certified by the American Mountain Guides Association as a Rock Instructor, Single Pitch Instructor and Climbing Wall Instructor. I hold a Wilderness First Responder Certification and am also an AIARE Level I Avalanche Course Instructor and Leave No Trace Trainer.

Blue Ridge Mountain Guides is also an AMGA SPI Assistant Provider.

When it gets too cold to climb back home, you can usually find me ice climbing and skiing in Utah, New York, Vermont and New Hampshire.



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