FULL –Ice Climbing 101 with James Pitaressi, AKA “Doctor Ice” – $160

(due to popular demand, we’ve added a third beginner’s clinic on Monday!)

Join us for a full day of co-ed Ice Climbing! This course is designed for those who have little or no experience with climbing ice. You will learn the basics of climbing systems, how to tie in to a rope, belaying, swinging an ice tool and proper use of crampons. At the end of the day you should have a basic understanding of ice climbing and why we love this sport! 

Limited to 12 participants.


FULL-“Learn to Lead” Workshop With Will Roth- $170  (Limited to 4 participants) 

Learn to lead ice with Rock and River Guide Will Roth. Ice is more than just being able to place an ice screw and clipping a rope to it. Reading the ice, setting up belays in the ice, belaying the second, force analysis, rappel anchors, rappelling, and some self-rescue skills need to be included along with placing ice screws. This course will cover all of those skills in a workshop style course with one guide and four students. The skills will be demonstrated by the instructor and then practiced by the participants in a top rope setting doing mock leads on a 35 foot ice wall that has low angle to steeper sections of ice. More advanced topics such as fall forces, v threads, injured party rappels and advanced retreat/descent methods will also be discussed/practice. Candidates must have prior ice climbing experience and have followed either a rock or ice climb before.  The emphasis of this course is on leading ice rather than improving your ice climbing skills. 

FULL-Intro To Mountaineering with Chad Kennedy and Mark Scott  $165

Rock & River Guides Chad and Mark will be teaching the basic principles of “Mountaineering”. This course is aimed at people who have limited experience. In this course you’ll learn proper crampon skills, use of a mountaineering axe and basic rope systems used in mountaineering. You will cover topics such as packing and preparing for a winter ascent in the mountains.  You can expect to be climbing and descending low angle terrain in which you will encounter ice, snow, rock or all of the above! This clinic if a solid option for anyone looking to build the skills necessary to travel to bigger mountains like Rainier or Shuksan.

Limited to 8 participants


FULL –M2: Intermediate Ice and Mixed Climbing with Matt Horner and Matt Shove– $170

The two Matt’s are some of the best ice climbers in the northeast, but more importantly, excellent and enthusiastic teachers! These guys present their tips and tricks directly to the participants in this clinic! You’ll walk away with a better understanding of why strength isn’t everything and how to build confidence on steeper ice and mixed terrain, and why dialing in your footwork and relaxing on those tools can make the difference between sending a route or not. The duo will teach skills needed to climb intermediate ice and mixed terrain and touch on some more advanced concepts.

Limited to 8 Participants

FULL-Women’s Ice Climbing Clinic With Andrea Charest, Sponsored by The American Alpine Club- $160/ $145 for AAC Members

This clinic is designed for all female-identifying climbers of beginner to intermediate skill levels. You will learn the basics of ice climbing, from tying in to a rope, to the use of crampons and solid tool placements. We will spend the day refining climbing movement skills on varying terrain from lower angle to steeper ice, how and when to rest, staying warm and tackling mental barriers. No experience necessary, those who want to spend a day improving climbing skills with other female-identifying climbers are welcome.

Limited to 8 participants


FULL- Poke-O-Moonshine Waterfall Ice(weather dependent) with Patagonia Ambassador Marko Prezelj – $185

We’re stoked to be returning to Pok-o-moonshine (conditions dependent)! This is an advanced clinic where participants will be climbing sustained grade 5/5+ ice with a professional climber, Marko Prezelj.  Marko will be sharing his tricks of the trade at one of the premier steep ice venues in the Adirondacks. Thanks to our partnership with Patagonia, this charity event is made possible with their support. 

Limited to 8 participants

FULL –CAMP-USA Sponsored Light and Fast With Jeff Shapiro- $185

This clinic is meant to be part of the overall Mountainfest progression for climbers looking to develop and learn new skills to take to longer ice routes. If you have taken Advanced Ice, Learn to Lead or you are breaking in to the multi-pitch climbing world then keep reading.  Jeff Shapiro will be focusing this course on building ice anchors, carefully racking for a long climb, multi-pitch transitions, and general efficiency techniques for being faster on big routes which might include multi-day routes or alpine climbing objectives. Jeff has dedicated most of his life to the light and fast method of climbing and is excited to share his expertise with you!

Limited to 4 participants


FULL- Steep Ice for the Weak and Chickenhearted with Don Mellor – $170

This is a targeted course aimed at getting normal people up abnormally steep routes. It is aimed at people who know how to climb, but find themselves unable to lead sustained vertical ice. The theme is this: if someone told you not to do it, it probably works. This is not about powering your way up. It’s about slithering and groveling, engaging your knees, your elbows, and especially your brain. It’s not pretty, but we promise that you’ll be happily surprised. You already know about supposed “good technique,” and you are still getting pumped. This course will give you a very different perspective and a whole lot of subtle tricks.Hear what others are saying about Steep Ice for the Weak and Chickenhearted:

“I feel ten years younger. When I look in the mirror, I see the person I am supposed to be.”

“My friends have noticed the change. I’m sleeping better. My appetite is back.”

“My libido… it’s like I’m seventeen again.”

Warning: Do not take this course if you take nitrates, often prescribed for chest pain, as this may cause a sudden, unsafe drop in blood pressure. Discuss your general health status with your doctor to ensure that you are healthy enough to engage in steep ice climbing. If you experience chest pain, nausea, or any other discomforts during climbing, or if you experience a sudden loss of vision or hearing, seek immediate medical help. In the rare event of an ice lead lasting more than 4 hours, seek immediate medical help to avoid long-term injury. You owe it to yourself to take Don Mellor’s Steep Ice for the Weak and Chickenhearted. Call now.

Limited to 8 participants


FULL -Adventure Snowshoeing with Carl Heilman – $95 

Join us for a not so typical snowshoe tour adventure! After covering some helpful winter info inside, we’ll head out for a backcountry snowshoeing tour that introduces people to backcountry snowshoeing techniques. This is a fun, off the trail adventure-climbing up hills, and sliding back down them. You’ll learn and put to use various helpful snowshoeing techniques on a winter hike to a mountain ridge viewpoint. This tour is led by Carl Heilman, a seasoned guide, along with his son, Carl Jr. who have close to 60 years of combined experience with introducing people to the backcountry.

Limited to 8 participants


FULL- The ABC’s of Avalanche Awareness With Chuck Boyd – $95

If you are an avid mountaineer or backcountry skier, having the skills to assess avalanche terrain and make the right decisions is critical.  

This course teaches you how the terrain, weather, and snow-pack affect the stability of the slopes you’re going to ski, ride, and/or climb.  The emphasis will be on recognizing the terrain and conditions for stability and travel techniques to identify safer routes.  Other important aspects of traveling in the backcountry that will be discussed are the use of avalanche rescue equipment and companion rescue.

Climbers and skiers, if you want hands on training with avalanche beacons, shovels, and probes, you should  sign up for a half day of rescue practice (Sun. or Mon., $45 fee). If you take Saturday’s course the additional fee is only $15.  You can bring your own equipment, or there will be equipment available for you to use.  We’ll spend the half day outdoors learning how to use the tools and practicing the basic skills for companion rescue.

(Limited to 20 participants) *we will open a second FULL day class if Saturday fills*


Please consult the Course Equipment Lists for meeting locations and gear you NEED to bring with you. 


FULL –Ice Climbing 101 with James Pitarresi AKA “Doctor Ice” – $160

Course same as Saturday (limit 12 participants)


FULL –“Learn to Lead Workshop” with Ragged Mountain Guide Matt Shove – $170

Same Course as Saturday.

(Limited to 4 participants) 


FULL –Climb a Slide with Mark Scott and Jeremy Haas – $175 

Join Rock & River Guides Mark Scott and Jeremy Haas for a technical ascent of one of the many slides found in the High Peaks. Practice fundamental snow/ice climbing skills and rope techniques for safe and efficient travel over exposed alpine terrain. This clinic is suitable for participants who: have the fitness to winter hike for six hours; are proficient with the use of mountaineer axes/crampons; have experience with roped climbing, i.e. glacier travel and/or top roping. 

Limited to 6 participants.


FULL-Poke-O-Moonshine Waterfall (weather dependent) Ice with Patagonia Ambassador Josh Wharton- $185

We’re heading back to Poke-O(conditions dependent)! This is an advanced clinic were participants will be climbing sustained grade 5/5+ ice. Patagonia Ambassador Josh Wharton will be here to share his skills with all of you! Josh is one of the strongest “all-around” climbers in the modern climbing world! He has made ascents from Alaska to Patagonia, the Himalayas and everything in between. Josh will bring a plethora of knowledge and enthusiasm to this clinic, don’t miss an opportunity to climb with him at one of the premier steep ice venues in the Adirondacks.

Limited to 8 participants

FULL- Steep Ice for the Weak and Chickenhearted with Don Mellor – $170 

Course same as Saturday 

Limited to 8 participants


FULL M2: Intermediate to Advanced Ice and Mixed Climbing with Matt Horner and Matt McCormick – $170

Course same as Saturday

Limited to 8 participants


FULL –Intermediate Ice Climbing with CAMP-USA and Rab Athlete Jeff Shapiro and Local Guide Will Roth

This is a great course for people looking to take the next step after Ice 101. If you have taken the beginner ice clinic and feel like you want to refine and improve your climbing skills or begin climbing moderately steeper ice then this might be what you are looking for. Jeff and Will will cover topics related to intermediate ice climbing such as; resting on steeper terrain, proper footwork, perfecting your swing and having fun! Jeff and Will are excellent teachers who will bring plenty of pro tips and enthusiasm to this clinic!

Limited to 8 Participants




FULLIce Climbing 101 with James Pitarresi AKA Doctor Ice – $160

Due to popular demand, we have decided to hold another Co-ed Beginning Ice clinic on Monday.  Course same as Saturday & Sunday
* NOTE* Monday’s clinic will meet at Rock and River Guide House

(Limit 8 participants)


FULL –Intro to Multi-pitch Climb – $180

Climb one of the local, classic Multi-pitch ice routes with Rock and River Guides Mark Scott, Chad Kennedy and Matt Wiech . This course will introduce you to the world of bigger ice routes in the Adirondack High Peaks Region and is aimed at participants looking to take the next step in climbing. You must have previous experience of several days of top roping ice up to grade 4 (vertical ice). Participants must be comfortable and independent in their ability to tie in to a rope, belay and rappel. This course will be a 2:1 ratio on the ascent and will involve an actual multi-pitch ice climb. If you have your own equipment please bring this with you or gear will be provided if needed.
* NOTE* Monday’s clinic will meet at Rock and River Guide House

(Limit 6 participants)