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Biisi Waterfall Beginners Ice Climbing Course

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  • 1 Day
  • 1:4 Guide Ratio
  • Technical Difficulty: Beginners
  • Available January-March

Located in Tana Valley, just 2 hours driving from Tbilisi and 25 km from Gori, is the stunning waterfall of Biisi, one of the best locations for ice climbing in Georgia. This spectacular frozen waterfall soars 45m tall and is both easily accessible and approachable (just 30 minutes of trekking). It hosts a wide range of grades and climbing categories, making it an ideal place to learn ice climbing for the very first time. For more intermediate ice climbers, check out our intermediate ice climbing course here.

We designed this ice climbing course for those who want to discover the thrilling and fast-evolving sport of ice climbing. Our 2-day course is an intensive instruction course, with a lot of fun. You will learn all the necessary skills to start ice climbing with confidence, supervised by your IFMGA/GMGA professional guide at all times. Absolutely no previous ice climbing experience is required for joining us here! Your guide will provide quality instruction on basic ice climbing skills, proper climbing technique and movement, rope work, ice protection, and ice safety. You’ll also learn how to use technical equipment such as ice axes and crampons on ice routes grade 3-5.

This single day course includes transportation to and from Tbilisi. We also offer multi-day programs at request, where we will completely design an itinerary based on your needs (including accommodation and transportation). Please contact us so we can create your customized package.

Beginner Ice Climbing Course Outcomes
  • Learn how to use crampons and ice axes effectively (how to anchor your ice axes and crampons as precisely as possible)
  • How to use ice screws and different systems of protection (placing and retrieving ice screws, other methods of protection, and building belays on ice)
  • Abseiling & belay methods
  • Safety procedures

Experience Recommended

No prior ice climbing experience is necessary, but we highly advise to have some rock climbing experience.

Fitness Levels recommended

You should be physically fit, as spending a full day in cold environments can be physically exhausting. You can prepare by doing some hiking, trail running, swimming, or cycling.

Course Itinerary (Customizable)

Meetup Day

Meet your guide at the meetup location in Tbilisi the night before the course starts, where you will have a brief introduction and the guide will check all your gear. This will allow time to rent any necessary gear.

Course Day

At early morning, we will drive to Tana Valley, which is about 2 hours from Tbilisi.  We will start the approach to the frozen waterfall which will take us 30 minutes trekking through a trail. Your guide will instruct you on learning the basic ice climbing techniques and ensuring you know how to use all the technical equipment.  Your guide will supervise as you effectively use your ice axes on various climbs. You will learn how to belay your climbing partner on this day as well. After a full day of intensive climbing, we’ll drive back to Tbilisi.

Equipment Needed for the Course

Technical Gear

Harness – Mountaineering or climbing harness with 2 screw karabiners and 60cm tape sling. Harness should be able to fit with your mountaineering jackets on

Helmet – Standard climbing helmet

Alpine Climbing Boots – Shoes should be waterproof, insulated, and with a solid sole. Preferably, semi-automatic or automatic crampons should fit the boot. (B2 or B3 crampons). The boots should be designed for alpine mountaineering and ice climbing.

Overboots / Gaiters – Gaiters are essential to avoid getting the boots wet. Protecting you from getting wet and from hitting your trousers with crampons.

Crampons – Crampons should be automatic or semi-automatic. Designed for ice climbing. 12 point steel with anti-balling, which is preventing snow sticking.

Technical Ice Axes – with adze and sharpened picks. 1 pair needed

Trekking Poles – not necessary, but if you prefer to bring for 30 minutes of trekking

Personal Clothing & Gear

Headlamp

Eye protection – sunglasses for mountaineering that fit face snug and tight. Should be 3-4th category

Waterproof Shell Jacket 

Down Jacket – Light-medium weight preferably. Hooded or without hood is fine

Mid Layer Jacket – Fleece Jacket to put on top of thermal layer

Thermal Base Layer Shirt – Can be a synthetic or wool layer. Should be long sleeve, preferably ¼ or ½ zipper for ventilation.

Waterproof Shell Trousers 

Thermal Base Layer Underwear/Leggings 

Beanie hat, buff, balaclava – Gear to keep the head and face warm.

Water Proof Insulated Gloves or Mittens

Trekking Gloves – Should be warm, but not bulky

Socks – Lightweight and medium weight mountaineering wool socks.

Other Essentials

50+ SPF Sun protection SPF for lips and face.

Thermos – Up to 1 liter

Reusable water bottle – Up to 1 liter

Pricing Options

  • Group of 1 — 400 EUR per person
  • Group of 2 — 200 EUR per person
  • Group of 3 — 135 EUR per person
  • Group of 4 — 100 EUR per person

*Please contact us for pricing on groups larger than 4 people

Price Includes

  • 1 days with IFMGA/GMGA certified local mountain guide (English and/or Russian speaking)
  • Transportation from Tbilisi to Biisi Waterfall and back to Tbilisi
  • Ice Climbing Group Equipment

Price Excludes

  • Accommodation (can be arranged, please contact us)
  • Transportation to meeting point in Stepanstminda (can be arranged, please contact us)
  • Alcoholic beverages and snacks
  • Meals
  • Equipment rental fees
  • Personal clothing and gear
  • Travel insurance