Rock & Ice Climbing

Rock and Ice climbing courses at the International Wilderness Leadership School are dedicated to developing confident, competent, climbers.  Using a “hands on” approach to learning we introduce new skills and put them to use on climbs that develop individual skill and technique. We have programs for everyone from those who want a fun initial rock or ice climbing experience, to those seeking serious expedition skills appropriate for the most demanding high altitude climbs, or, individuals interested in solid professional training courses. Our small groups and low instructor to student ratio let us meet individual expectations, and allow you to progress as quickly as your ambition and ability allow.

Alaska
Rock & Ice Climbing
12 days

This course is structured to give students a solid foundation of vertical climbing skills from a professional guiding perspective.  Our rock climbing location hosts everything from easy toprope climbs and difficult multipitch routes, to sweeping alpine faces. The Davidson Glacier creates a playground of ice formations for a variety of ice climbing options.

 

Pacific Northwest
Rock Climbing
12 days

High quality rock and uncommonly dry weather make this area a world-class destination.  You may lead a day of top roping at a wilderness crag, practice aid techniques on a thin crack, or safely learn to place traditional protection on lead.

 

Utah & Nevada
Rock Climbing
12 days

The course is conducted in the Notch Peak Wilderness Study Area. With vertical limestone faces that rise 4,450 feet (1,356m), Notch Peak is one of the largest cliffs in the continental U.S. There are endless climbing options ranging from easy multi-pitch crack climbs to tenuous 5.11 overhangs and airy 5.10 off-widths.

 

Utah & Nevada
Rock & Ice Climbing
12 days

After five days of placing cams and climbing cracks in the desert, this IWLS combo course tackles the steep waterfall ice of Provo Canyon. Easy access, consistent cold temperatures and a variety of climbs make Provo ideal for developing the technical skills and judgment for ice climbing.

 

Mexico
Rock Climbing
12 days

With over 600 climbs to choose from and limestone faces rising 2,000 feet (600m) off of the valley floor, El Potrero Chico is one of the premiere rock climbing destinations in the world. From your base camp you will make daily forays onto the sweeping aretes and sheer faces of the surrounding cliffs and spires.

 

Argentina
Rock Climbing
12 days

The Cajón de Arenales is an incredible alpine valley situated just an hour south of Mendoza. It has some of the highest quality granite in the area and offers a range of great crack climbs, tenuous sport routes, and long, multi-pitch alpine climbs.