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    Rock Climbing Photo: The tripod stance
    Ice Climbing Basics: The Tripod
    If you’ve ever tried ice climbing and got so pumped you couldn’t even reach the top of the route, you’re not alone. As with any discipline, finding and maintaining the correct body position is what it’s all about. Last December, I headed up to the Bozeman Ice Climbing...
    Berne Broudy at Climbing Magazine
    Rock Climbing Photo: 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
    Rock Climbing Photo: 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: There’s no reason to make the bitter, frozen, painful...
    Andrew Bisharat at Backcountry
    Rock Climbing Photo: 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
    Rock Climbing Photo: 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 there’s 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 ...
    Cory Akin at Backcountry
    Rock Climbing Photo: Snowy rope
    Managing Ropes on Snowy Ice Climbs
    Rope loses 1/3 of its strength and much of its shock absorbing capability when wet. Water squeegees out of the belay/rappel device all over the climber. Wet ropes are heavy and hard to handle. Wet ropes become useless when they freeze solid. A quick note on dry treatment...
    Bryan Ferguson at

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