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Ice Climbing II - Advanced Course - IMG114

Challenge yourself to the top!

Photo: Sveinn F. Sveinsson
Photo: Sveinn F. Sveinsson
Photo: Sveinn F. Sveinsson
Photo: Jón Gauti Jónsson




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Departures: Private up on request.

Duration: 2 days

Meeting point: ITM - Bankastræti 2, 101 Reykjavík

We provide: Teaching on an evening session and training in ice climbing. One instructor per four participants. All common climbing equipment

You bring: Personal climbing gear (can be rented) and clothing.

  • Tour Description

    Advanced ice climbing course - One evening session and a whole day.

    The goal of the course is to advance from climbing on a top-rope to leading easy routes on ice. We will go thoroughly through the use of ice protection, main anchors and methods for rappelling off routes. The climbing on this course will be on frozen waterfalls (water ice) if conditions allow, otherwise on glacier ice. This is not a beginners course.

    Ice Climbing I course is required or prior experience of ice climbing.

    Appropriate clothing is necessary, climbing harness, locking carabineer, two ice climbing tools, helmet and ice climbing crampons. All the gear can be rented from Icelandic Mountain Guides. The instructor has the right to reject the use of privately owned equipment if it´s not up to safety standards. We recommend that participants wear stiff climbing boots, to enjoy the course fully. Stiff shoes can also be rented. Equipment list will be handed out after booking.

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  • Tour Itinerary

    Evening session :
    We go through the main knots used in climbing (e.g. figure of eight, bowline, girth hitch and prussic knots), how to set up main anchors and the process of multi-pitch ice climbing, there included is making of „stances“ at the end of a pitch and the processes around them. We go through the main things regarding lead climbing and the difference between climbing glacier ice and water ice. Equipment used will be introduced and travel plan made for the full day of climbing the following Saturday.

    Full day session :
    We go through how to make main anchors, the process of multi-pitch ice climbing and general climbing movements, how to use the crampons correctly and ice axe teqniques (holding and swinging). We practise the making of stances and how we belay from them, either a climber following or leading next pitch. We also practice V-threading and rappelling off a route with a safety prussic.

    Climbing will be on water ice (frozen water falls) with the guidance of a climbing instructor.

  • Equipment List

    IMG Mountaineering courses

    For your own wellbeing and safety we strongly suggest following the advice of our equipment list, this includes having good quality rain-gear, tops and bottoms! Also respect that cotton clothing is not appropriate for any strenuous outdoor activity – this includes jeans and t-shirts. Modern outdoor clothing is by far more comfortable and will greatly improve your experience. 

    Boots and Clothing:

    • Boots
      • Ice climbing – stiff crampon compatible boots (can be rented, included on IMG 115).
      • Mountaineering – the stiffer the better, sturdy and waterproof with good ankle support.
    • Long and short sleeve (thermal underwear) – Wool or synthetic. 
    • Light wool or fleece sweater (2nd layer).
    • Trousers – Strong and light material that dries quickly e.g. soft-shell.
    • Jacket with a good hood – windproof, waterproof and breathable, e.g. Gore-Tex or comparable. 
    • Rain trousers – windproof, waterproof and breathable. Please note that full raingear is mandatory in Iceland
    • Gloves 2-3 pairs of different thickness – Wool or synthetic. 
    • Socks – Wool or synthetic. Two or three pairs. 
    • Warm hat – Wool or synthetic. 
    • Gaiters (winter and snow oriented courses)
    • Puffy jacket (e.g. Primaloft or down)

    Other gear:

    • Backpack for extra clothes and food during the day. 25 – 40L (1500 – 2500 cu in). Expect to carry some communal gear.
    • Sleeping bag – A basic sleeping bag with no specific temperature rating is sufficient (depends on tour).  
    • Towel – light weight and packable. 
    • Sunglasses & sun protection. 
    • Water container – thermos flask or water bottle 0,5 – 1L. 
    • Headlamp.
    • Casual clothes / change of clothes.
    • Personal first aid kit – including blister care.
    • Prescription medication and other personal health items.
    • Toiletries; Toothbrush, toothpaste etc.
    • Swim suit (depends on tour).

     Optional gear:

    • Walking pole(s).
    • Pen knife. 
    • Sun/rain Hat or a Cap.
    • Puffy jacket (e.g. Primaloft or down)
    • Camera, spare batteries and a memory card or films.
    • Dry-bags for electronics and extra clothing.
    • Slippers for indoor use.
    • Aperitif or other heart-warming spirits.

     Climbing gear – basics:  

    The climbing gear needed for IMG courses is mostly included, see given course. Where not included affordable renting options are available. Feel free to bring your own gear – and we will teach you all about it!

    • Harness – lightweight harness with gear-loops.
    • Helmet – climbing helmet.
    • Crampons – fitting for your boots and the given activity (mountaineering vs. ice-climbing).
    • 2 – 4 locking karabiners – large opening, pear shape.
    • Belay device – with guide mode, e.g. Petzl Reverso / BD-ATC Guide.
    • Ice –axe(s). Lightweight classical axe/pick and/or two climbing tools (depending on activity).

    Should you have any questions regarding this equipment list or the equipment on our tours feel free to contact

For availability and more information about this tour please contact us.