Are you an autonomous rock climber and now want to take up ice climbing? This course is for you! Come demystify all this imposing equipment, familiarize yourself with the particular movement of this unique activity and learn how to install anchors and ropes in the winter.

This complete course will teach you all the basics necessary to be autonomous and safe top-rope ice climbing. This is an ESSENTIAL course that will give you a solid foundation for climbing outdoors on ice.

The course takes place over 2 consecutive days (typically Saturday and Sunday). You select the date of the first day and the second day is automatically the next day.

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  • Knowledge of equipment and ice climbing equipment standards
  • Advice for selecting equipment
  • Ice climbing movement coaching of for a safe and peasant practice
  • Tying knots specific to ice climbing
  • Belaying techniques (from the top and foot of the cliff)
  • Belaying and rappelling on bolts/ trees / ice
  • Self-rescue basics (escaping the belay – on the ground)
  • Movement and communication

The TOP ROPE ANCHORS course includes :

  • FQME and AGMA certified instructor
  • Technical and instructional material
  • 20$ discount on the book Freedom of the Hills (value of 45$ – promo code Freedom)

The TOP ROPE ANCHORS course doesn’t includes :

Number of participants: Minimum 4 / Maximum 6

  • Form a group of 6 and 1 person doesn’t pay
    • Enter the following promotion code when booking your course to get your freebie: groupede6

Minimum age

  • 15 years


  • Have ice climbed in the past


  • We highly recommend the purchase of this instructional book, a must-have for climbers and mountain lovers.

Schedule for the weekend

Day 1 – 8 hours

  • 8:45 AM: Reception at LA LIBERTÉ NORD-SUD hut and hand-out of equipment
  • 9:00-9:30 AM: Assessment of participants’ knowledge (knots, anchor and rappelling concepts)
  • 9:30 AM-3:30 PM: Practice and theory taught in workshops:
    • Ice climbing standards and presentation of the equipment used – review of equipment
    • Knots workshop (water knot, double fisherman’s, Prusik, etc.)
    • The perfect anchor (number of anchor points, equalized, redundancy)
    • Physics of potential falls
    • Self-belay at cliff edge (fixed rope, prusik, rappel, etc.)
    • Setting up an anchor on trees and bolts
    • Rappelling set-up and techniques
    • Climbing and proper movement
  • 4:00 PM: Review of the day and conclusion

Day 2 – 8 hours

  • 8:45 AM: Reception at the LA LIBERTÉ NORD-SUD hut and hand-out of equipment
  • 9:00 AM-1:00 PM: Practicing top-rope set-up, climbing and rappelling
  • 1:00-2:00 PM: Techniques for belaying from above
  • 2:00-3:30 PM: Escaping the belay on the ground (self-rescue)
  • 3:30-4:00 PM: Review of the day and conclusion


Every weekend from December to March!

Other dates available upon request. 10% discount on reservation during the week (promo code: 10%semaine)

Please contact us at 438-871-7133 or


Date changes, cancellations and refunds

Read pour policies here.


P.S. You can also offer a gift card.


Additional information

duration2 days
  1. Personal gear to bring12027669_1032021093526192_6206141397002429818_n1
  • Lunch and snacks
  • 1 litre of water or hot beverage
  • Synthetic clothing (that dries quickly) for your base layer
  • Polar-fleece jacket
  • Windproof, soft-shell or waterproof jacket
  • Down jacket (with or without sleeves – recommended) – to keep you warm when we’re not moving
  • Day backpack (30–40 litres)
  • Tuque, scarf, mittens and gloves (2 pairs)
  • Old ski pants or outdoor pants (high probability of tearing your pants with crampons)bring tape if your pants are baggy around the calves
  • Gaiters (recommended to protect pants)
  • One pair of warm socks
  • Change of clothes for the trip home
  • Lip balm and sunscreen
  • Sunglasses or ski goggles
  • Camera
  • Snowshoes and trekking poles for the approach if conditions are snowy

OPTIONAL personal gear to bring (for your safety, we believe you should always have these items when venturing outdoors):

  • Basic first aid kit
  • Flashlight (headlamp, if possible)
  • Lighter
  • Pocket knife

2. Climbing equipment to bring

Note: The items in the following list are recommended in order for you to gain autonomy

If you don’t have all of these items, you can rent equipment here.

  • Ice-climbing boots
  • 2 ice-climbing technical ice axes
  • Ice-climbing crampons
  • Climbing helmet
  • Climbing harness
  • 1 self-belaying lanyard (Beal’s DynaConnexion or equivalent)
  • 7 large locking carabiners
  • 2 runners (120 cm each)
  • 1 cord (6 m of 7-mm cord)
  • 1 cord (2 m of 7-mm cord)
  • 1 belay device (Reverso, ATC, etc.)
  • 1 ice screw (22 cm)


  • We highly recommand the purchase of this instructional book, a must-have for climbers and mountain lovers.
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