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The Technical Ice Climbing School (TICS) is designed for members who wish to extend their rock climbing skills to high angle ice found in mountain couloirs, frozen waterfalls, glaciers, and on expedition climbs.

The course strictly focuses on climbing technical ice: technique, gear, movement on ice, efficiency, safety, and ice protection. Most students are pursuing lead-climbing on ice. This is usually an integral part of the course, but it is not mandatory.

The objectives of the course generally vary by student because each student identifies their own objectives and the instructors tailor the course to these objectives. Typical objectives include: improved technique, increased efficiency, placing good ice screws, and leading on ice.

Skills acquired from the Technical Ice Climbing School help develop safe and competent ice climbers and leaders, and increase safety and technical competence on CMC semi-technical and technical mountaineering trips as well as on mountain expeditions.

Prerequisites for being admitted to the course are: (1) graduation from TLCS (or equivalent), and (2) comfortably leading 5.7 trad. Exceptions are made in appropriate circumstances--please contact the TICS Director. Students are expected to use or rent their own equipment.

If you don't have these prerequisites, or if you're not interested in leading on ice, you might consider the Basic Ice Climbing Seminar (BICS)