Participants must attend the mandatory pre-trip meeting
on January 29, 2019. When registering, you will sign up for either the 5:15 – 7:45 p.m. OR
7:30 – 9:45 p.m. pre-trip meeting at Kendall Cliffs Climbing Gym, 60 Kendall Park Road, Peninsula, OH 44264.
- Age: 16 years & over with participating adult
- Participants must complete and bring a waiver to the pre-trip meeting.
December 15, 2018, $145 after January 13.
February 2, 2019, 6 a.m. depart – February 2, 2018, 8:00 pm. return, departing from Garfield Park Center.
Participants will have the opportunity to climb a 45’ and 72’ tall ice tower outside in potentially cold and windy conditions. To get to the towers, participants will hike a few hundred feet through varying depths of snow wearing crampons. Ice axes and crampons will be used to climb the vertical towers.
No experience necessary.
Embrace winter as we travel to Fenton, Michigan to climb 45’ and 72’ tall ice towers created by Peabody Ice Climbing Club. To prepare, we’ll spend an evening inside at Kendall Cliffs Climbing Gym to learn climbing and belaying techniques essential for ice climbing. Upon successful completion, participants will become belay certified at Kendall Cliffs Climbing Gym. Participants will use those skills to belay each other during the trip Onsite participants will work as a team as one person climbs the tower using provided ice axes and crampons while other participants belay, manage the rope, and act as an anchor for the belayer. Once we arrive, our group will be given a 4-hour window (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.) to climb. Weather conditions could be cold and windy, so dress for the weather; layers suggested. Registration ends at 9 a.m. on January 25, 2019. 4 days before pre-trip.
This mandatory meeting on January 29 will be split into 2 timeslots. Participants will register for either the 5:15 – 7:45 p.m. OR
7:30 – 9:45 p.m. meeting. Both groups will overlap for a 15 minute logistical overview to make sure everyone is prepared for the trip. During the other time, participants will learn how to tie a figure-8 retrace knot and proper belay techniques. You will be tested on these skills at the end of the session. Upon successful completion, you will become belay certified at Kendall Cliffs Climbing Gym as well as be able to belay during the trip. (If someone isn’t comfortable belaying or doesn’t pass the certification class, alternative options are available and will be discussed on an individual basis). Come dressed to climb in comfortable clothes. Climbing shoes and harness will be provided. The Pre-Trip Meeting is exclusive for all paid trip participants.
The group will depart from Garfield Park Center at 6 a.m. traveling around 3.5 hours to Peabody Ice Climbing. We will gear up with helmets, harnesses, crampons, and ice axes, and have 4 hours to climb on the ice towers. A small building is located onsite if you need to warm up. Lunches and hot drinks will be available for participants to have at their convenience. We will depart around 2:30 p.m. stopping for dinner on the way. We should return to Garfield Park Center around 8 p.m.
The following is included with your trip:
- Trip Leader and guided instruction
- Pre-trip meeting to prepare you for your trip including belay certification
- Equipment for ice climbing
- Hot Drinks
- Dinner and snacks (bring $$ to stop for dinner on the way home)
- Personal Gear (warm, non-dangling winter clothing)
Participants will be transported in Cleveland Metroparks vehicles to the trip location departing from Garfield Park Center. Participants’ personal vehicles will be parked in one of the main lots at Garfield Park Center for the day.
Accommodations and Food
Lunch and hot drinks will be provided.
The following ice climbing equipment will be provided by Peabody Ice Climbing Club:
- Ice Axes
- Belay Device
Participants are responsible for providing warm, personal clothing.
By registering, you acknowledge that you have read and understand the cancellation policy
- Program fees and deposits are not refundable or transferable unless Cleveland Metroparks finds it necessary to cancel a program. Participants assume risk of all changes in personal health and affairs.
- If Cleveland Metroparks cancels a program, the cancellation will be posted on the registration page for that program. For programs other than races, participants will also be notified by e-mail and/or phone.
General Essential Eligability Criteria that all participants must meet. A participant….
- …must meet minimum age and pre-trip meeting requirements for each individual program.
- …must meet program fee requirements for each individual program.
- …must be able to remain adequately hydrated, fed, and properly dressed in order to avoid environmental injuries such as hypothermia, heat-related illnesses, sunburn, and frostbite.
- …must refrain from use of alcohol and tobacco before or during outdoor recreation activities and any illegal drugs throughout the duration of a program.
- …must be able, either alone or with the aid of a personal care attendant, to manage, administer and protect any prescription medications currently prescribed to him or her. All medications, including over-the-counter medications shall be declared in medical history section of the registration form.
- …must be able, either alone, with the aid of an augmentative communication device, or a personal care attendant to follow directions and communicate needs.
- …must not exceed manufacturers’ maximum recommended weight limit for equipment being used.
- …must be able to manage personal mobility either alone, with a reasonable amount of assistance, with the aid of a personal care attendant, or with adaptive equipment.
- …must be able to independently wear and maintain wearing all safety equipment correctly.
- …must be able, either alone or with the aid of a personal care attendant or adaptive equipment to travel on sloped, natural surface trails with rocks and roots for varying distances to get to a climbing site void of amenities such as restroom facilities, water, etc.
- …must be able to independently wear and maintain wearing all safety equipment correctly including but not limited to helmet and harness.
- …must refrain from having any external devices other than required climbing safety equipment.
Cleveland Metroparks staff can adapt many programs to be accessible to anyone who would
like to participate assuming they meet the essential eligibility criteria. Reasonable
accommodation can also be made. Please make a request at the time of registration but
no later than 72 business hours prior to the program. Contact us at
or at these telephone numbers.