Trips & TrainingS for Yale University

We are excited to partner with Yale Climbing Team, Yale Outdoors and Yale Mountaineering club to provide training and climbing trips for students and faculty of Yale University.

Catskills ice climbing

YMC Ice Climbing Trip 2015 - White Mountains, NH

YMC Ice Climbing Trip 2015 - White Mountains, NH

A full day ice climbing and mountaineering trip to the Catskills in NY. All climbing and technical equipment is provided. Ice climbing experience is not required.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

$15 deposit required to confirm your reservation.

8am - Meet at Phelps Gate
830am - depart for Catskills (~2.5 hour drive)
11am to 4pm - Ice Climbing
8/8:30pm - Return to New Haven


+ Backpack (2000-4000 cubic inches)
+ Base Layers: Light to mid-weight synthetic tops and bottoms for insulation and wicking moisture away from the skin
+ Insulation Layers: fleece or heavy-weight soft shell, sweater or jacket
+ Waterproof, breathable shell. Ski-type jacket and pants
+ Puffy Layer: Down or synthetic puffy jacket that fits over all your other layers
+ Fleece hat
+ Balaclava or bandana
+ Gaiters (recommended)
+ Ski goggles or sunglasses
+ Warm waterproof gloves (2 pair)
+ Wool or synthetic socks
+ Headlamp or flashlight
+ Lunch / Snacks - High energy foods i.e. pb&j, trail mix, energy bars, etc
+ Water - Minimum 1 liter
+ Medications

+ Camera
+ Sunscreen
+ Lightweight thermos for hot beverages
+ Trekking poles
+ Hand, foot or body warmers
+ Space/survival blankets

+ Harness
+ Mountaineering Boots
+ Crampons
+ Belay Device & Locking Carabiner
+ Helmet

What to Expect

Following is important information about your course. Please read carefully. This is a full-day ice climbing and mountaineering trip in the Catskill Mountains in New York.

We'll meet at Phelps Gate at 8am to fit equipment and arrange carpools for the 2.5+ hour drive to the Catskills. We'll climb until about 4pm, then carpool home, likely to return to New Haven around 8/830pm. 

We will be hiking in a cold, snowy winter environment. Plan and dress accordingly with lots of warm, synthetic layers.

Cotton clothing including jeans and leggings are not permitted on ice climbing trips.

Prepare much the way you would for a cold day of skiing or snowboarding with weather resistant snow pants, jackets and gloves.

Bring a daypack with extra food, water and medications along with the following items.  We'll be eating our lunch/snacks at the crag.

Carpools to/from NY to be arranged by Yale Outdoors leaders. Ascent Climbing is unable to provide transportation.


or call/text (203) 675-5510