Four CMC Instructors and Members Head to the 2022 Ice Climbing World Cup

Colorado Mountain Club is proud to cheer on four US Ice Climbing Team members from its cadre of instructors in 2022. Along with representing our country on the world stage, Scott Reed, Noah Bergman, Ryan McCauley, and Lindsay Hastings will be leading and assisting with the CMC’s 2022 Technical Climbing School program this year. To find out more about availability in classes this year, find our class listings on CMC’s Technical Climbing School and High Altitude Mountaineering School pages. 

Each of them graciously took time from their busy training schedules to answer a Q&A, which you can find below!

Scott Reed

Scott Reed (@scottreedice)
  • How long have you been a Colorado Mountain Club member?

    I’ve been a CMC member for four years. 
  • What did your journey to the USA Ice Climbing team look like?

    I first saw a picture of Tom Ballard drytooling in 2016 and was fascinated. My first thought was, “That’s the coolest style of climbing I’ve ever seen,” and my second was “I bet I could get good at that.” I struggled with high barriers of entry, like finding proper instruction and places to try it and train. I would go to the Spot gym with my ice tools and do figure 4’s in the weight room area. I was introduced to ice climbing in November of 2017, took High Altitude Mountaineering School (HAMS) in 2018, and I hit the ground running and averaged over 200 laps on ice per season. I led my first WI5 in 2019 and the Rigid Designator in February 2020. After pushing myself to harder and bigger leads, I decided I needed to make a change to take on less risk while still pushing myself. When COVID lockdowns started in March of 2020, I built a woody in my backyard and trained every day. When gyms started opening back up, I joined the ice coop team of 2020 and 2021 and attended every local competition I could. After 20 months of mostly drytooling, I went to the USA Team tryouts in Michigan in October of 2021, and made the cut of the top 10 athletes for the team. 
  • What part of the competition are you most excited about?

    I’m most excited about testing my fitness against the world’s best to see what I need to improve on. 
  • Did being a member of the Colorado Mountain Club help prepare you in any way? How?

    I wouldn’t have made it to where I am without the CMC. I came back from a guided trip on Mont Blanc in 2016 desperate to learn and too broke to pay thousands of dollars to more mountain guides, so I was handing out my phone number to people on 14er summits who seemed interested in the same things I was, so we could try to learn from each other. One of those people was Scott Groeschl. Six months later, he introduced me to ice climbing and then became one of[ my instructors in HAMS. I remain very grateful to the CMC for providing an avenue to learn in an institutional setting without breaking the bank. That gratitude is the main reason I come back every year to teach the Ice Lead school, and this year, the CMC’s first Mixed Climbing course. 

Noah Bergman

Noah Bergman (@theicybirdman)

How long have you been a Colorado Mountain Club member?

I’ve been a CMC member for 3 years.

What did your journey to the USA Ice Climbing team look like?

I’ve always loved ice and mixed climbing. After getting back from an expedition in Nepal, I really wanted to focus on climbing with tools. My friend encouraged me to check out the Ice Coop, and I fell in love with the new style of climbing and the amazing community that surrounded it. I spent my quarantine focusing on drytooling and that fall there was an open spot on the team. That season never happened due to covid, but it motivated me to train hard and keep improving. My teammates Corey Buhay, Thomas Gehrlein, and Tyler Kempney all helped train and mentor me throughout 2022. This fall, their support paid off during tryouts and I was thrilled to be part of the team. 

What part of the competition are you most excited about?

Saas Fee, Switzerland! The venue is in the middle of a parking garage with spectators lining the walls the entire way up. I’ve heard the atmosphere there is truly one of a kind. 

Did being a member of the Colorado Mountain Club help prepare you in any way? How?

Absolutely! Through HAMS I met some amazing mentors that helped guide my training ethic for the alpine. I brought that same training ethic into drytooling and that shaped me into the climber I am today. In addition, I learned some important technical skills such as, hauling systems, ascending a rope, and team building, that I refer back to all the time. Even at the gym! 

Anything you want to add?

The CMC has been a phenomenal resource for me to expand my technical skills and find like minded people interested in furthering their climbing background. 

Ryan McCauley

Ryan McCauley (@ryane_mccauley)

How long have you been a Colorado Mountain Club member?

I have been a CMC member since 2018 when I first joined the High Altitude Mountaineering School (HAMS) as a student. 

What did your journey to the USA Ice Climbing team look like?

Sport climbing has been a passion of mine for around 11 years, and I started ice climbing shortly after I moved to Colorado in 2013. I dabbled in mixed climbing during weekend trips to Ouray but didn’t think about it seriously until I took a dry tooling clinic with Will Gadd in December 2016. I had an absolute blast and desperately wanted to learn more. Unfortunately, there weren’t many gyms outside of City Rock that provided the opportunity to practice so several years went by where I focused on rock and ice climbing instead. 

I got involved in the CMC to hone my mountaineering skills and learned about the Ice Coop dry tooling gym from a HAMS buddy in the winter of 2020. My partner and I tried out for the Ice Coop Team last September and were thrilled to get the chance to learn and grow our skills with an incredibly fun, supportive community. This also opened the door to competition opportunities, including the USA Ice Climbing Team tryouts in Peabody, Michigan and the rest is history.

What part of the competition are you most excited about?

To be totally honest, I am really new to competing so I am excited to watch others and learn from their strategies. I think there is almost nothing as rewarding as seeing progress in my development and this feels like an amazing opportunity to continue to grow my skills! I’ve also been incredibly privileged to learn from and train with so many great coaches and teammates so I’m looking forward to putting many of these lessons together. And, it doesn’t hurt that my sport climbing experience helps to push me on lead.

Did being a member of the Colorado Mountain Club help prepare you in any way? How?

I had a bad rappelling accident in 2014 and actually joined the CMC to learn how to navigate risk management more effectively on my own. As a woman participating in male-dominated sports, I had often leaned on others (usually men) to guide the adventures I was on or make decisions for me around risk. This was one factor in my accident and I realized afterward that this needed to change. Taking HAMS through the CMC was a turning point for me. I learned to trust myself and better understand my own risk tolerance and boundaries, no matter what the activity. This helped from a safety perspective when participating in outdoor sports like rock and ice climbing but, more importantly, it empowered me to make independent choices that may have otherwise felt intimidating. One example was trying out for the Ice Coop Team when I didn’t have the same level of experience as others who were joining. However, I would not be on the USA Team today if I hadn’t pushed myself to take the chance.

Anything you want to add?

If you haven’t gotten a chance to watch a competition, meet members of the USA Ice Climbing Team, or check out the Ice Coop in Boulder, I would strongly recommend it! There are so many supportive, down-to-earth people in the community who are excited to welcome new athletes to the sport.

Lindsay Hastings

Lindsay Hastings (@lindsayontherocks)
  • How long have you been a Colorado Mountain Club member?

I have been a member of the CMC since 2018!

  • What did your journey to the USA Ice Climbing team look like?

Despite living in chilly Minnesota my whole life, I had never heard of ice climbing until I moved to the deserts of Albuquerque, New Mexico five years ago. I bid on (and won by two dollars!) a guided ice climbing trip in a silent auction benefiting the Albuquerque Mountain Rescue Council, and that’s how I got into ice climbing. I had been wanting to try it for a few months but had no idea where to start, so this seemed like a great way to be introduced to the sport.

After the first few swings on the ice I was hooked and knew it was something I wanted to pursue further. Towards the end of my first ice climbing season I traveled to Minnesota to attend an ice climbing festival called PeterFest, which happened to have a speed ice climbing competition. I had never tried it before, but it sounded like a good time so I registered to compete. To my surprise, I ended up ranking high enough in the competition to earn a spot on the USA Ice Climbing Team for the following season! Ever since making the team I have dedicated most of my time and energy into training to compete in the UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup tour that takes place every winter.

  • What part of the competition are you most excited about?

After most international competitions were canceled over the past year due to COVID, I’m eager to be a part of the USA team’s strong comeback in the World Cup competition scene. My teammates and I have been navigating endless logistical hurdles and uncertainties over the past few months surrounding international travel during a pandemic, and I talked myself in and out of traveling to compete this year a dozen times. I ultimately was able to avoid catching COVID and made the decision to go, so I’m excited for everything to finally fall into place after months of planning, training, and quarantining!

  • Did being a member of the CMC help prepare you in any way? How?

I met some awesome friends at an ice climbing clinic put on by the CMC in Ouray a couple of winters ago, and three of those friends are now my teammates!

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