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Subtopics in Ice Climbing:


    Basic Techniques for Ice Climbing
    What you need to know for safe efficient ice climbing: footwork, tool placement, swing dynamics, anchors and resting.
    Climbing Tech Tips
    How to Pack Ice Gear
    A discussion of choosing basic ice climbing gear and how to pack it for trips.
    Climbing Tech Tips
    The tripod stance
    Ice Climbing Basics: The Tripod
    If youíve ever tried ice climbing and got so pumped you couldnít even reach the top of the route, youíre not alone. As with any discipline, finding and maintaining the correct body position is what itís all about. Last December, I headed up to the Bozeman Ice Climbing Fes...
    Berne Broudy at Climbing Magazine
    Step 1
    Low-cost Rappels on Ice
    Long rappel descents, whether planned or as a matter of sudden necessity when the weather goes bad or an injury occurs, can quickly turn into expensive ordeals when you have to leave a few pieces of gear at every rappel. Plus, you might need that gear later on. Fortunatel...
    Blake Herrington at Climbing Magazine
    Ice Climbing Over Bulges
    Learn how to mantle like an expert and move over changes in angle on ice climbs.
    Climbing Tech Tips
    Ice Climbing Grip Techniques
    Learn the best ways to grip the ice tool to use less energy.
    Climbing Tech Tips
    Ice Climbing Swing
    How to Sharpen Your Ice Tools
    An ice climber with a blunt set of picks on his ice tools is no different than a sushi chef trying to cut through a chunk of fine ahi tuna with a set of chopsticks. Bad form! Ice climbing is already miserable enough: Thereís no reason to make the bitter, frozen, painful ...
    Andrew Bisharat at Backcountry
    Ice axe point shapes
    Select and Tune Your Ice Gear
    In ice climbing, as in life, being dull isn't cool. A dull edge, whether a crampon point or an ice tool pick, takes more effort to drive into the ice. Blunt tools also feel considerably less secure and shatter more ice, sending debris down upon your belayer. If you find y...
    Ian Osteyee at Climbing Magazine
    How to Place Ice Screws
    Learn how to set up for an ice screw placement and install it securely.
    Climbing Tech Tips
    How to Hook with Ice Tools
    Learn how to place ice tools between rock and ice and when to trust it.
    Climbing Tech Tips
    V-Thread Step 3
    How to Build a V-Thread Anchor
    Rappelling on ice, when there are no manmade anchors, requires a bit of ingenuity. You can use ice screws or nuts/cams if thereís rock, but then you are forced to leave your gear behind. Not only does this take a toll on your wallet and junk up the wilderness, but after e...
    Cory Akin at Backcountry
    Make a V-Thread Anchor in Ice
    How to make a strong V-thread rappel anchor.
    Climbing Tech Tips
    Ice Climbing Safety Tips
    How to choose safe tool placements, protect the rope, warn your partner, and fall safely.
    Climbing Tech Tips
    Mono-Point VS Dual-Point Crampons
    How to choose crampons for best performance on ice.
    Climbing Tech Tips
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