Please call to book your reservation in a clinic! We want to speak with you and make sure you are getting exactly what you want. Call Petra Cliffs Climbing Center: (802) 657-3872 or toll free: 866-65-PETRA.
The meeting location for clinics will be the Smugglers’ Notch Inn and Tavern in Jeffersonville, VT between 8:30-9am; clinics start at 9am. Demo equipment will be available after 8am.
Clinic participants may demo gear free of charge including boots, crampons, ice axes, helmets, harnesses, gloves and jackets. An additional welcome packet and packing list will be sent upon clinic registration.
Annual FREE Women’s Ice Clinic sponsored by NEice.com – Full
Guide: Andrea Charest
Time: 9am – 2:30pm
This women’s only clinic is perfect for beginner to intermediate climbers. Learn the basics of how to climb ice using crampons and ice axes, incorporating balance, movement, footwork, and good axe swings. Spend the day climbing varying angles of ice, learning how to rest, stay warm, and tackling any mental barriers. No experience necessary, but those with experience who just want a day to climb with other women are welcome! If you have taken this Free Clinic in the past, please let newcomers join in and refrain from signing up again. There are many other excellent clinic options!
Introduction to Ice Climbing – 5 Spots Remaining
Guide: Matt Bressler
Time: 9am – 3:30pm
Enter into the exhilarating winter sport of ice climbing! No climbing experience necessary. Learn how to walk in crampons, swing an ice axe, and climb in a new realm. Get comfortable reading ice, swinging ice tools, using good footwork and learn techniques to become efficient while climbing.
Steep Ice Climbing Technique - 1 Spot Remaining
Guide: Whit Magro
Have experience climbing Ice but struggle on the steep stuff! Feel like WI3 just isn’t doing it anymore? Come learn from a world class athlete on ways to stay strong, conserve energy and climb fast on STEEP terrain. Learn how to read ‘funky’ ice and translate what you see into how you climb.
Smuggs Alpine Climbing – Full
Guide: Tim Farr
Time: 9am – 3:30pm
Smuggler’s Notch is an alpine playground. Climb with a guide using a variety of snow traveling and ice climbing skills in gullies and multi-pitch terrain.
Climbers must have previous experience ice climbing up to WI 3, rappelling, and following multi-pitch rock or ice climbs. Please be prepared for a strenuous day of traveling through deep snow and withstanding cold and wind.
Efficient Climbing Techniques: climb smoother, faster, longer, and harder – Full
Guide: Mike Bauman
Time: 9am – 3:30pm
- racking your gear for easy access
- properly “tuned” gear
- using the right tool for the right situation
- body positioning, balance, movement, awareness
- how and when to rest
- belay transitions / rope management
- staying warm and comfortable
Prerequisite: Anyone with previous ice climbing experience who wants to improve their technique. Activities will involve climbing with a top-rope setup.
Learn to Lead (Two-Day Clinic) with IFMGA Guide Mark Puleio – 2 Spots Remaining
Guide: IFMGA Guide Mark Puleio
Time: 9am -3:30pm Saturday & Sunday
Are you a top-rope master and you’d like to open up a new world of possibilities? Learn to lead on ice, place ice screws, use terrain features, build anchors, and evaluate your gear. Climbers must have significant ice climbing experience and should feel comfortable toproping at least WI3+; experiencing leading on rock is recommended.
Book a Private Guide – Available
Do you have a specific objective in mind? Booking a private guide will allow the focus of your day to be fully customized.
$225 (please call to reserve; availability may be limited)