Leading ice climbs is a serious commitment. This training course is essential for anyone wanting to take the leap to climbing classic routes safely and responsibly.

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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  • Demonstrate how to tie specific knots and set up belay stations on ice falls
  • Learning to properly place protections for the lead ice climber
  • Managing ropes effectively on multi-pitch climbs, while belaying a leader or second
  • Be able to rappel safely on multi-pitch routes
  • Basic self-rescue concepts for the leader and second
  • Multi-pitch communication

The Ice Climbing Lead training course includes:

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

The Ice Climbing Lead training course doesn’t includes:

  • Entrance fee per person to the Montagne d’Argent ($14 per person per day) payable online here when you reserve.

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 old


  • Two seasons of ice climbing experience
  • Being able to climb WI5 on top rope
  • Have lead climbing experience on rock

Schedule for the weekend

Day 1- 8 hours

  • Welcome reception at the LA LIBERTÉ NORD-SUD mountain hut and hand out equipment
  • 9:00–11:00: Assessment of participants’ knowledge (knots, anchors and rappelling concepts)
  • 11:00–15:30: Workshop pratice and theory:
    • Building the perfect anchor and multi-pitch belay stations
    • Rope management at belay stations
    • Physics of potential falls
    • Protection placement (on-the-ground practice)
    • Lead climbing (with top-rope back up and/or with protections already in place)
    • Rappelling review
    • Multi-pitch communication
  • 16:00: Feedback about the day and conclusion

Day 2 – 8 hours

  • 8:45: Welcome reception at the LA LIBERTÉ NORD-SUD mountain hut and hand-out of equipment
  • 9:00–12:00: Ascend a multi-pitch route
  • 12:00–14:00: Multi-pitch rappelling
  • 14:00–15:30: Basic techniques for self-rescuing the second
  • 16:00: Feedback about the day and conclusion


  • Every weekend from the end of December to the end of 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 info@lalibertenordsud.com.


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 bring 12027669_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 individual pieces from us or the whole set for $30 (tax incl.) per day.

  • At least 5 ice screws of varied length for a team of two climbers
  • 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.)


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

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Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 1 review

Formateur experimenté et consientieux, site parfait avec possibillité de camping ou refuge. Materiel ( vis à glace, dégaine avec absorbeur d’énergie, etc ) en très bonne condition, formation grandement appréciée incluant mise en situations et conseils de pro, déjà inscris pour Montagne 3, juste trop hâte que ca débute !!!

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