Friday, February 11, 2022

Let’s take a deep dive into ice climbing! We are going to the heart of the Adirondack High Peaks for two full days of ice climbing. Keene Valley has some of the best ice in the region, and climbing two days in a row will allow time to get into the technique and climbing on different-angle terrain.

If rock walls are meant for climbing, so are walls of ice! Whether you have experienced the unbridled joy of climbing or are a first-timer, join us for this unforgettable winter adventure. The ice guides will set up multiple ropes, so you will get a chance to try routes of varying difficulty and climb as much as you want throughout each day. We will take a deep dive into the technique and give feedback and beta as you climb. This amazing, unique winter experience is a must-try for every adventurer!

Experience: No prior ice or rock climbing experience necessary. The guides will provide instruction and set up multiple ropes. You will be able to climb as much as you want throughout the day. We will provide mountaineering boots, crampons, harnesses, and ice tools for all participants.

Accomodations: Shared rooms at the ADK Loj. Limited private rooms available for an extra $70 per night. Please email us at with questions and requests.

For multi-day trips, as a precaution, we ask that you get a COVID-19 PCR test 3-5 days prior to the trip, regardless of vaccination status.

Day 1 (February 11th)

We’ll depart at 7:00 am, stopping for lunch on the road. After arriving at the Loj we’ll go for a short warm-up hike. We’ll also discuss layering techniques to stay warm and comfortable in winter weather. After a moderate scramble to the top, gorgeous views of the Adirondacks will open up right in front of us. That evening we’ll enjoy a tasty dinner and get ready for the next day.

Day 2 (February 12th)

After a hearty breakfast, we’ll get fitted for gear and drive to our climbing destination. The guides will explain ice climbing technique, then talk you through your climbs as you try different routes. After a full day of winter adventure, we’ll spend the evening relaxing by the fire after a scrumptious dinner.

Day 3 (February 13th)

After breakfast, we’ll spend another full day climbing and really honing our skills, before heading back to New York City.

Level: Active (Learn More)

Mileage: There will be a 2-mile warm-up hike on the first day, and short hikes to climbing destinations.

Elevation Gain: ~1,200 feet

Group Size: 4 - 8 participants


The North Face, UWS

Check-in Time: 6:45 am, February 11th

Departure Time: 7:00 am, February 11th

Return Time: Approximately 8:00 pm, February 13th


This trip has a $20 limited-capacity charge.

While COVID-19 remains a concern, we are limiting our van capacity to a 10-person maximum, including guides, and leaving the middle seat empty in each row. The trips have a $20 fee to accommodate the changes we need to make for the COVID protocol. The fees will only be in effect while we limit capacity on trips. Learn more about what we are doing to keep everyone safe.


  • Adventure Untamed will provide any ice climbing gear that you need
  • Winter hiking boots (required)
  • Wool or synthetic socks (no cotton)
  • Gaiters
  • Moisture-wicking, non-cotton base layers (top and bottom, no cotton)
  • Fleece
  • Insulating top and bottom layers
  • Fully waterproof top and bottom layers that can be worn over all other layers except puffy
  • Puffy (850+ fill – at least 1-inch thick) that can be worn over all other layers
  • Waterproof gloves
  • Waterproof, insulated mittens
  • Balaclava
  • Wool hat
  • Fleece hat
  • Liner gloves
  • Neck buff
  • Sunglasses
  • Comfortable car shoes


  • Money for lunch stops on the road
  • Personal toiletries and towel
  • Snacks (we’ll provide all meals, except for the lunch stops on the way to/from Adirondacks)
  • Water bottles that can hold at least 3 liters total (NO hydration bladders – will freeze)
  • Insulation system for the bottles (putting bottles inside thick wool socks works for insulation)
  • Backpack (large enough to fit all the extra layers and supplies)
  • Headlamp
  • Sunscreen
  • Extra pair of wool socks
  • Extra waterproof gloves
  • Trekking poles (optional)
  • Hand / foot warmers (optional)