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Ice climbing Videos

Ice climbing Videos


Will Gadd, the world’s best ice climber, puts up a new route on the world’s most famous waterfall. Niagara Falls is the most famous waterfall in the entire world. The falls, which straddle the border of Canada and the United States, welcome 20 million visitors a year and are a national landmark for both countries – one of the world s first tourist attractions, and, simply put…


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Ice climbing Vermont

Ice climbing Vermont


Come winter, the spidery fractures of Vermont’s schist spin a web of ice delights that will capture any ice aficionado. While the choices are extensive, fortunately whatever locale you settle on, you’ll find yourself surrounded by unsurpassed, stark, and serene winter vistas. Locales like Smugglers Notch offer easy access for the winter weekend traveler looking to mix snow…


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Ice climbing Utah

Ice climbing Utah


Ice Climbing Scheduled Courses Climber on Stairway to Heaven Photo by Andrew Burr Private Guiding & Instruction - Ice Climbing Guides are available daily. At least a few days notice is appreciated. POPULAR ROUTES INCLUDE: The Great White Icicle, WI 3-4, 650’ (Little Cottonwood Canyon) $349 for one person plus $133 for each additional person, plus tax. (max 2 clients…


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Ice climbing Tools

Ice climbing Tools


In today’s winter climbing venues, having gear with the ability to adapt to changing conditions is a requirement. It should be no surprise that we designed the pick to be replaceable on the Kronos Wood Ice Tool. We wouldn’t buy it ourselves if it wasn’t. In fact, there are two types of picks available for the Kronos Wood Ice Tool, the Kronos Ice Pick, and the Kronos Mixed Pick…


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Ice climbing techniques

Ice climbing techniques


The Four Elements of Ice Climbing Technique The core technique used for climbing steep ice is called front pointing. There are four main elements used in this core ice climbing movement technique. Combined together they allow the climber to move efficiently up their chosen ice climb. Placing crampons Placing tools Centre of Mass (body position) Weight Transfer All the elements…


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Ice climbing shoes

Ice climbing shoes


Ice climbing is a constantly changing sport because ice routes change over time, unlike mountain climbing where the terrain stays the same. The adrenaline rush that accompanies scaling freezing walls of ice keeps outdoor enthusiasts coming back for more. To conquer the elements, the ice climber needs a variety of equipment, including ice boots, harness, and ropes. To optimize…


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Ice climbing Ropes

Ice climbing Ropes


Credit: Jack Cramer > The specs on a selection of bargain ropes, circa 1. Note how heavy and thick they were, and how cheap! During the foundational years of climbing, a 50 meter rope was the standard. The weight of a rack then composed of oval carabiners and chrome-moly pitons limited the amount of protection that could be carried and, accordingly, the sensible length…


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Ice climbing rack

Ice climbing rack


A pair of modern bent-shaft tools designed for vertical ice. Leashless tools have made climbing more efficient. If you haven’t tried them, you should. Don’t forget a spare pick, bolt, and wrench for your tools. Rack: About 8 to 10 sharp screws of varying sizes are sufficient. The majority of climbers use 16cm screws for most applications and carry a few long screws (22cm) for…


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Ice climbing pickaxe

Ice climbing pickaxe


A downward swing of the Pickaxe can crush stone; a human head would be an afterthought. A Sub-Trope of Improvised Weapon and closely related to Shovel Strike, pickaxes are commonly used to break up rocks and earth but also can immediately be used as a weapon. While usually not as sharp as a conventional melee weapon, the narrow spike and heavy head of the pick make it effective…


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Ice climbing Ouray

Ice climbing Ouray


Chicks with Picks: Ice Climbing Programs for Women


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Ice climbing NH

Ice climbing NH


Want to learn to ice climb? The Ice Climbing 101 Course is the ideal way to immerse yourself for three days on an in-depth skills course aimed at teaching you a solid foundation in ice climbing. This course is perfect for the novice ice climber or absolute beginner (we have even had candidates on this course who have never rock climbed before). We base this intensive three…


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Ice climbing Movie

Ice climbing Movie


While Netflix has become well known for its expansive library filled with plenty of old television shows, classic movies, and amazing original content, the streaming service has recently become quite an outlet for outdoor adventure films as well. One look at my personal queue will show that it is packed with all kinds of adrenaline inducing mountain bike and ski movies, fascinating…


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Ice climbing Montana

Ice climbing Montana


ICE UPDATE: 1/13/17, From November 28 – April 1st, Montana Alpine Guides will be updating ice climbing conditions for Hyalite Canyon and other southwest Montana areas on a weekly basis. *NOTE 12/21/16: With the extreme cold we experienced last week, Bingo World and The Climb Above The Dribbles both broke off. It is possible that other thin/free hanging pillars may have broke…


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