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Intro to Ice & Mixed Climbing

  • Mazama Mountaineering Center 527 Southeast 43rd Avenue Portland, OR, 97215 United States (map)


Are you completely new to climbing? Or are you a rock or gym climber but have never swung an ice axe? Have you ice climbed before but would like to know the secrets to efficient movement? Are you intrigued by moving up rock using tools instead of your hands? Then this basics clinic is for you! You will learn everything you need to know about the fundamentals of ice and mixed climbing. You will have access to a variety of tool types and learn techniques to use them.

Prerequisite: Know how to put on a harness and tie-in to a rope.

Required Gear: Helmet, Harness, Climbing Shoes, Light Pair of Gloves. Please come dressed in pants and a shirt that covers the shoulders (tank tops are not recommended for ice or mixed climbing).

Optional Gear: Boots, Crampons

Demo Gear that is provided: Ice tools, Crampons, Boots

Instructor: Ari Novak

Tuition: $45

Max. Class Size: 10


About the Instructor

Ari Novak is an ice climber and mountaineer for La Sportiva and Trango, based out of Bozeman Montana.  Novak’s love of ice and rock climbing has led him to establish first ascents around the country and explore and climb around the world. In Montana, Novak established “White Tara” 5.10a along with Conrad Anker who describes the route as “one of the best rock routes in the State” In Alaska, Novak has explored some of the most remote reaches of the Matanuska glacier as featured in National Geographic. Novak’s number one passion is sharing climbing through teaching ice climbing techniques to enable others to enjoy the mountains as safely as possible. Novak is a regular instructor at the Ouray and Michigan Ice Festival. In addition to ice and rock climbing, Ari enjoys ski mountaineering and all things winter.

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Better Crack Climbing
Later Event: November 16
The Summit