Hi All, New Guy here. I took an Ice Climbing 101 class with EMS in Lake Placid at the end of last winter and absolutely loved it. I've been waiting ever since to get back out there. I was planning to sign up for the EMS 201 class, but then thought I'd check in with you guys for suggestions and recommendations on how an interested rookie should go about (safely) immersing himself without just blindly dropping a bunch of cash on gear. Are the EMS classes worth it? Are there other guides, clubs, groups, etc. that I should consider hooking up with instead? I'm in Western MA, so the White Mountains and Adirondacks are both reasonable options, as are the Catskills (though I've never spent any time there). I'm sure there are tons of other questions I haven't thought to ask - any advice you can offer is much appreciated. Thanks!