Basic Ice Climbing School (BICS)


The Basic Ice Climbing Seminar (BICS) is designed as an introduction to ice climbing in top-rope settings. In one evening and one field day on ice BICS will introduce novice or experienced rock climbers to the basics of ice climbing, and teach them to safely enjoy the sport in top-rope settings.  The course focuses on equipment, safety, and technique.


(1) BRCS (Basic Rock Climbing Seminar) or equivalent, and

(2) at least 10 days climbing experience on rock. In other words, you need to be competent in basic climbing safety systems, including belaying, communication, tying-in, etc.

2014 Schedule

is coming soon.

Cost: TBA


To apply, or for more information, contact Jan, Denver Group Schools, at: e-mail

Class size is limited to 5 students.

*BICS does not teach avalanche awareness or avalanche safety. These topics are covered in the CMC’s Avalanche School

**If you are interested in learning to lead on ice, and are an experienced trad leader, consider the Technical Ice Climbing School

Important Disclaimer: Climbing is inherently dangerous and should be performed only with the proper instruction and supervision of an experienced climber. The author and publisher of this web page assume no responsibility for any injuries incurred by the reader.