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Ice Climbing at Ricketts Glen




Ice Climbing


Feb 1, 2020 | 6:00 AM - 4:30 PM

*Time is tentative. Actual time may vary based on group decision.  



Wanted to try ice climbing, but not really sure how to even begin? You’re in luck! OEL has the perfect resources to get you out there, whether you’re brand new or have prior experience. This trip will take place at the frozen waterfalls of Ricketts Glen State Park, and be lead by OEL professional staff. This day will include a progression of ice climbing fundamentals, including equipment selection and use, introduction to how ice forms, and ice climbing movement. Whether you’re a rock climber looking to climb during the long winter months, a skier looking to gain an understanding of mountaineering and winter climbing, or you just want to get outside during the long winter season and try something totally new, we invite you to join this trip!


We'll first meet at our Basecamp on Bucknell's campus. From there we'll commute over to Ricketts Glen State Park* to spend the day climbing and enjoying the outdoors.

*GoogleMaps Link shared


  • 6:00am: Meet at OEL Basecamp in the Tustin Gym, Bucknell University. Equipment prep and check in.

  • 7:00am: Drive to Ricketts Glen State Park.

  • 8:00am: Arrive at Ricketts Glen, start activity.

  • 3:00pm: Return to vehicles, travel back to Bucknell.

  • 4:30pm: Arrive back to Bucknell, return gear, end of day.

What's Provided?

  • All group climbing/safety equipment: Ropes, anchoring materials, first aid kit, satellite communicator, etc.

  • Climbing harness

  • Climbing helmet

  • Belay device

  • Crampons

  • Ice Axes/Tools

  • Mountaineering boots

  • Some clothing (rain jacket/pants, insulated jacket, baselayers if needed)

  • Transportation to/from

What To Bring**

  • 1 lightweight baselayer top (wool or synthetic material, no cotton)

  • 1 lightweight baselayer bottom (wool or synthetic material, no cotton)

  • 1 fleece/synthetic jacket

  • 1 softshell, shell or snow pant

  • 1 waterproof shell jacket

  • 1 insulated, puffy jacket

  • 1 pair midweight, crew cut socks (wool or synthetic material, no cotton)

  • 1 warm lightweight pool or pile hat (beanie)

  • Sunglasses

  • 1 pair lightweight synthetic gloves (no cotton)

  • 1 pair medium to heavy weight gloves (ice climbing or ski gloves)

  • 20-30L backpack

  • Headlamp

  • Sunscreen

  • 1-2 liters of water

  • Lunch and snack food


**Connect with us if you need assistance with any of these items. 


This trip is complimentary (FREE / NO COST) to Bucknell students.  


This trip is open enrollment to all current Bucknell students. A Bucknell ID number is required to register.




Cancellations & No Shows

Complimentary (FREE) OEL Trips & Outings provided to Bucknell students have limited capacity. If a student signs up and doesn’t show for the program, it’s disruptive for everyone involved and takes away from other student’s experience. 


We understand that things come up and life happens. We get it. We simply ask that you notify us at least 48 hours in advance of a Trip or Outing and let us know of your cancellation. You can do this by going back to our Portal and clicking on the “CONTACT” orange button in the upper right of the screen. 


Failure to contact us of your cancellation is noted by the OEL Admin Team. After 3 instances (not showing up 3 times without notice), a student will not be allowed to register for future OEL Trips & Outings here at Bucknell.

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