Knowing how to ice-climb is essential to survival, especially when the world inevitably freezes over or when Bagel Bites slide to the back of the freezer. Learn the basics of traversing frozen tundra with today’s Groupon from Petra Cliffs Climbing Center & Mountaineering School in Burlington, Vermont. Choose between the following options:
- For $199, you get a private, beginner’s ice-climbing excursion for two (up to a $370 value).
- For $250, you get a private, beginner’s ice-climbing excursion for four (a $500 value).<p>
Beginner’s ice-climbing excursions, set amid Vermont’s picturesque framework of frozen peaks and glacial waterfalls, equip students of all levels with the basic know-how for treading arctic landscapes. During each private, seven-hour session, one of Petra Cliffs’ certified guides outfits scaling protégés with all necessary gear and equipment before leading troops out to the course. Easy to moderate terrain enables a fruitful learning environment, where groups work on fundamental techniques including belaying, rappelling, and primal screaming. Since lessons are private, students have the opportunity to dictate the day’s instruction and focus on specific skills, ranging from elementary top-roped climbing to mimicking the mating call of feral zambonis.
Petra Cliffs Climbing Center & Mountaineering School
For Petra Cliffs owners Steve and Andrea Charest, purchasing the climbing and bouldering school wasn't just a good business opportunity, but a way to add value to the local climbing community. Avid climbers themselves, they helped the facility develop into a place where beginners feel comfortable grabbing their first grips, but also one where advanced climbers and boulderers still feel challenged. Within the 8,500-square-foot space, visitors can climb, take lessons, tackle a high-ropes course, or even work out on strength-training equipment. Of course, the staff puts safety and knowledge above all else, and they teach and keep up with professional development courses so they don't miss learning about new protocols or new rock formations that may have evolved in the last five years.