(open to all ice climbing levels)


1:1:  $499/person/day

2:1:  $355/person/day

3:1:  $275/person/day

4:1:  $245/person/day


December 2022 - March 2023


Add a day or two of private guiding on to your IRIS program, or IRIS will work with you to craft a custom trip for you or your group. Choose from numerous destinations and focus on skills you’d like to develop, or routes you want to tick off.

Want one-on-one instruction? Interested in learning to lead? Have your eye on a climb you’ve always dreamed of sending? Or do you just want a reliable partner? You’ve come to the right place.

IRIS guides can be hired for custom trips in Ouray/Silverton/Telluride/Lake City, CO; Cody, WY; Bozeman, MT; and points afar such as Iceland or the Alps.


Please contact IRIS so we can create an experience tailored to you and your goals!

After booking your trip IRIS will be happy to provide you relevant travel, lodging, and food beta in your chosen destination!


**This list is a guideline. You do not need the exact layers but will need something of similar warmth. If you have questions please ask us.**


Climbing Clothing

Base-layer Top Wool Recommended (100-150 weight)

Breathable Insulation Layer Fleece (such as Outdoor Research Ascendant Hoodie or Patagonia R1)

Medium Weight Puffy Jacket

Down Vest (optional: recommended if you run cold)

Hard Shell Jacket (waterproof)

Belay Puffy Jacket or Parka (such as Black Diamond Belay Parka)

Long Underwear Wool or Synthetic (150-200 weight)

Soft-shell climbing pants (such as OR Iceline Pant)

Puffy Pants or Puffy Skirt (optional: these are great for belaying and if you run cold)

2-3 Pairs of Gloves (lightweight to heavyweight: such as BD Terminator or CAMP Gecko Pro Ice and BD Legend)

Warm Hat (to be worn under a helmet)

Buff/Neck Gaiter

Sunglasses (for sun and eye protection)

2-3 Pairs of Wool Ski or Snowboard Socks (light to medium weight cushion)


Climbing Equipment

Technical Climbing Boots (These need to be fully crampon compatible w/ toe & heel welts. Boots are available to rent from Ouray Mountain Sports. Please reserve a month prior to your trip start date.)

Backpack 15-20L for Backcountry Routes

Backpack 35-40L for Ice Park (such as Black Diamond Speed 40)

2 Total Liters of Water (one of which should be a thermos 🙂

6 pks Handwarmers

Food / Snacks About 1lb per day (jerky, nuts, candy bars, protein bars, Twinkies, cheese, dried fruit, etc.)


Personal First Aid Kit

Sunscreen and Chapstick


We provide the following or you are welcome to bring your personal gear if you already own it:


Belay Device, 2 Locking Carabiners, PAS or Double Length Sling

2 Ice Clippers


Ice Climbing Crampon w/ Vertical Front Points (not mountaineering crampons)

Ice Tools


Lindsay Fixmer

AMGA Rock Guide
AMGA Alpine Guide

Kristin Arnold guide and climber

IFMGA Mountain Guide
AMGA Ski Guide
AMGA Alpine Guide
AMGA Rock Guide

Sheldon Kerr climber

IFMGA Mountain Guide
AMGA Ski Guide
AMGA Alpine Guide
AMGA Rock Guide

Heidi Wirtz climber and guide

AMGA Rock Guide
AMGA Apprentice Alpine Guide