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 Equipment: Harness, belay device
Instructor: Ari Novak
Max Participants: 12
About the Instructor
Ari Novak is an ice climber and mountaineer for La Sportiva, Petzl and Deuter based out of Bozeman Montana. Novak’s love of ice and rock climbing has led him to establish ﬁrst ascents around the country and around the world. In 2019 Novak and his team established the hardest water ice line in the Indian Himalayan “Snow Leopard” HW7 150m. In Montana, Novak established “White Tara” 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 technique 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 climbing Ari enjoys ski mountaineering and all things winter.