Ice is the last thing you want for skiing or riding. But ice doesn’t have to be a four-letter—er, three-letter—word. You know what I mean. Ice can be the gateway to your next epic adventure in Aspen: ice climbing. Who hasn’t seen those cool axes and wanted to go all Wolverine up a frozen waterfall? Now’s your chance. Here are three tips for ice climbing in Aspen.

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Ice is cold, but climbing is hot. You’re going to get a workout, but you’ll need to say warm while you’re not roped up. Waterproof outer layers will keep you dry, but avoid anything bulky that restricts movement.

A good synthetic base layer, wicking technical top, fleece or soft shell will help you regulate your core temperature. Add the puffy or parka while you’re not climbing.

Aim for Rhythm

Professional climber and guide Will Gadd describes it as set, coil, spring, repeat in this helpful blog. And getting the groove will be easier if you trust your crampon front points to keep your weight on your legs—your forearms will thank you and last a lot longer too.

Go with a Pro

You don’t need any experience to get the local hook-up from the pros at Aspen Expeditions or Aspen Alpine Guides. They’ll provide all the gear you need and get you to best routes for your ability. If you’re an experienced ice climber, ask about multipitch routes in nearby Redstone.

Once you’re off the wall, warm up with a hot drink back at The Lounge or a steamy soak in the hot tub. And don’t forget to tag an ice climbing selfie or two with #llshine. Then tell us: What’s your favorite ice climbing route name: The Drool, The Fang, Avocado Gully, another?


About Kelsey Anderson

Kelsey is a Midwest native who currently resides in Colorado. She spends her weekends hiking, biking, and checking out local eateries. Her favorite things to do in Aspen are hiking around Maroon Bells, jamming at Belly Up, and exploring the latest restaurants.