Ladies* ice climbing for MITOC leaders

Ana Beglova (B coC I), Susan Ruff (CI)
Dave Custer
Winter (outside IAP)
Ice climbing
Trip level
BI (or perhaps AI depending on conditions and participant interests)
Trip date
Sunday, December 15th, 2019
Difficulty rating
depends on participants
see description

Prerequisites: women* (*see description for non-binary definition) with solid personal-management skills while winter hiking with a heavy pack on rough white-mountain trails or bushwhacking (e.g. winter school B rating) and solid rope management skills (e.g. rock rating S T or TR). Depending on conditions, some prior ice experience may be required as well. If you have the skills but not the mentioned ratings, email us.

Location: Due to poor weather conditions we are going to go to the Middlesex Fells and do some dry tooling and anchor building practice.

*Here's a non-gender-binary attempt that will almost certainly evolve: This trip is for you if one or more of the following applies: 1) You are more female than male. 2) Physical or cultural aspects of being (or being perceived as) female have affected your ice climbing, or vice versa (e.g., cold can worsen cramps). If, based on the above, you think that I probably intend to include you in this trip but I'm not currently succeeding, please feel free to e-mail me to suggest better wording.


first-come, first-serve
Maximum participants
Signups opened at
Nov. 26, 2019, 9:53 p.m.
Signups closed at
Dec. 11, 2019, noon
  1. What interests you most? (following/toproping? mock leading on toprope? leading? mixed? multipitch? how hard?) I’ll do my best to tailor trips to participants’ interests, conditions permitting.
  2. Briefly, what ice experience do you have so far?
  3. Are you a desk worker? (Can you provide office/gear access?)
  4. Can you provide dry rope, draws, ice screws, car?
Signups for this trip are closed.