Guide(s): Joscie Norris, Antim Constatinescu & Demery Coppola
Time: 9am – 3:30pm
Our new ice climbing and winter ecology clinic is a great way to learn about the incredible sport of climbing ice while also exploring the magical landscape of Smugglers Notch. This introductory clinic is for adults of all abilities and backgrounds, whether it’s your first time climbing or you have climbed ice before and you are looking for a new perspective. Join our naturalist guides to learn how to climb on easy to moderate terrain using crampons and ice tools.
Explore ice features such as ‘ice caves’, discuss how snow and ice form, what ice colors indicate, and consider the glacial geology of your view as you get to the top of a climb. What happens to the soil, plants, and animals when water freezes? What organisms are dormant or active around us? We are excited to nerd out about how the wildlife survive under and on the snow, the miniature ecosystems of mosses, and the stories trees share.
Unsure if you’re ready to get out there right away? Check out our informational workshop on ice climbing which covers the fundamentals of the tools you will use, the knots you will tie, and how to belay. Taking place at Petra Cliffs Climbing Center, an Affinity Program running 01/07/2023 and an Open Workshop running 01/18/2023. Click Here for more information!