Learn to Climb Ice in Cody

Location Cody

Season Winter

Difficulty easy

Duration 1 - 3 day


Get on your first frozen waterfall. Learn how to swing a tool into ice and trust your crampons. And if you’ve already got some ice climbing experience, hone your ice climbing skills and systems. Whether you’re a beginning ice climber or someone with experience, we will customize our classes and help you develop your skills ­­ and have a great day climbing ice!

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Season Winter

Elevation 6500'

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Learn the fundamentals of ice climbing, ice screw placement and belay techniques. No climbing experience required.

Dreamed of learning how to climb ice.  This 4-day course is a sure fire way to fulfill that dream.  You will leave this course knowing how to climb ice safely and confidently.

Course Schedule:

Day 1: Basic introduction to ice climbing. This will include proper use of all equipment, techniques, terminology, communications, and top roping some fun, moderate frozen water fall.

Day 2: Climbing moderate pitches of ice and practicing and honing skills learned on day one.

Day 3: Discussing and learning how to do a v-thread, building of anchors, equalizing anchors, transitioning at anchors, and multi-pitching techniques. This will be followed by more practice on vertical ice.

Day 4: We will split up into groups of 2 participants and one guide with the objective of each group going out and doing a full day multi-pitch (4-6 pitches) climb. We will all meet later that afternoon and drive back to Cody.

DETAILS: These courses must operate with a minimum and maximum of 6 participants and will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. Full payment is due at time of booking. Price includes 4 nights lodging, 4 days of meals including breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It also includes all climbing equipment, with the exception of boots, crampons, and ice axes, which can be rented at Sunlight Sports. Ground transportation is also not included in the cost. We will be staying right in the valley at the EJ Ranch which will save us 6 hours of travel time and 300 miles of travel. Cost of the course does not include any gratuity for your instructors or our hosts at the EJ Ranch. Please review our refund policy http://www.jhmg.com/signup/forms.php (no refunds if you cancel within 30 days; we encourage trip insurance). A complete refund will be provided in the event the course under books.

We are happy to customize our classes to help you hone your skills. Let us know what you’re interested in and we’ll make it happen.


Intro to Ice Climbing: Price: $350 private; $220 pp/group

Advanced Ice Climbing: $450 private; $290 pp/group

4-Day Learn to Ice Climb Ice Program: Price; $2000 private; $1600pp/group



Cody, Wyoming is located in the northwest quadrant of Wyoming, 52 miles east of Yellowstone Park. Cody is positioned at the intersection of U.S. Highway 14-16-20 and WYO Highway 120. It’s 100 miles from Billings, the closest large airport, and is several hours from Denver. The Yellowstone Regional Airport in Cody is the closest regional airport. The Cody office is located inside Sunlight Sports at 1131 Sheridan Avenue in the heart of downtown Cody. We are open every day from 8 am to 5:30 pm. The Cody office can be reached at 307.250.0763


Cody, Wyoming, lies just east of the high plateau of Yellowstone National Park and is considered the park’s eastern gateway. Cody is located at the western edge of the Bighorn Basin, a depression surrounded by the Big Horn, Wind River, and Absaroka ranges. At the western edge of Cody, a deep canyon formed by the North Fork of the Shoshone River provides the only passage to Yellowstone’s Eastern Entrance.

The weather in the Big Horns are highly variable. Large temperature swings are always possible. Cold winters can normally bring lows of -40 °F (-40 °C). and hot summers can bring 100 °F (38 °C). The humidity of the air is usually 30% or less, which is fairly dry. Precipitation averages 9 inches (229 mm) of rain per year, making the surrounding area a semi-arid desert. During the summer months of June, July and August, if it does snow, it is usually brief and melts quickly. Such events are not frequent, but there are sudden and drastic shifts in weather conditions.

Wind is almost a constant presence in the Cody area and the Big Horn Basin in general. The air flow in the Basin is turbulent, but during the winter, most storms seem to move in from the north-northwest. During the summer, it is not unusual to see storms move in from the southwest. Throughout a normal day, winds can be experienced as coming from almost any direction, mostly from the north and west, but sometimes from the south and east. The Canyon at the west end of Cody seems to funnel rain and wind across the city from the west. The winds can be quite strong at 30 to 40 mph (50 to 60 km/h) and last for several days.Climbers take note: Cody enjoys about 300 days of sunshine per year.

JHMG provides harnesses, helmets, belay devices, ropes and anchors. You may bring your own climbing gear if you wish. You will need to bring clothing suitable for a day spent outdoors on wet snow.


  • Thank you for taking us on the climb. It was such a blast! Being on the Grand was really neat and I hope to do more climbs like it. Thanks for teaching me many things!

    — Heather Berch, age 15 (recipient of Jim Ratz Memorial Scholarship)
  • JHMG is an amazing organization. They listen to what I want in a trip experience then seek to take it one step bigger & better.

    — Mike Long
  • My experiences with JHMG have been uniformly outstanding.   Each guide that has worked with me over the years has taken a genuine interest in helping me advance my climbing.  The levels of professionalism, expertise, and interest in teaching among the guides I have worked with has been top-notch.

    — David Matthews
  • If you want to climb safely with confidence and learn about WHAT you are actually doing and climbing…Pick JHMG.  Hands down the best guys for the job!  YEARS of experience and professionalism are very obvious from the moment you step inside the shop.  Nice guys, well trained and fun to climb with!

    — Darren Davis

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