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Ice climbing in Alaska

Ice climbing in Alaska


6 hours of Matanuska Glacier Ice Climbing; this activity includes down time during which your guide will be building anchors, other group members will be climbing, and/or the group will be taking a snack or lunch break An introduction to climbing gear and proper climbing techniques (climbing boots, crampons, helmets and ice tools provided by MICA Guides) Progression of climbing…


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Ice climbing Iceland

Ice climbing Iceland


Iceland as the name quite boldly implies has a lot to offer to the ice climber. It is safe to say that the terrain and conditions in Iceland are amongst the best in the world for ice climbing. The season can last from late October to the end of May but due to the oceanic climate of Iceland conditions vary and change rapidly through out the winter. This is very good in the sense…


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Ice climbing Helmets

Ice climbing Helmets


Price Disclaimer As far as helmets go, this one proves to be the best. This product is at your disposal with the best qualities. The extremely efficient air circulation which won’t make you feel as if you’re suffocating and will help you be at ease. The helmet is made of pure polyester and is very lightweight. When you wear it, you feel its presence but not its burden. The…


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Ice climbing Harness

Ice climbing Harness


By now, you probably know about a number of activities that can be done in Michigan during the wintertime – skiing, snowboarding, tubing, etc. Another lesser known activity to add to the list is ice climbing. With ice climbing being one of the activities featured in the Pure Michigan winter video series, we spoke with adventurer Lisa Nowak on what ice climbing in Michigan is…


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Ice climbing for beginners

Ice climbing for beginners


Maybe you have some friends who won’t stop talking about their weekend ice climbing excursions. Maybe you’re a rock climber looking for a new way to extend your climbing season that doesn’t involve shredding your hands on plastic holds. Or, maybe you’ve just seen some rad photos of people scaling what appear to be monstrous icicles and can’t help but think I need to try that!…


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Ice climbing Festival

Ice climbing Festival


Despite the weather for Saturday’s main event being a freak day during a freak season (warm!), approximately 300 people showed up for our inaugural Duluth Ice & Mixed Fest and had a ball climbing ice and dry tooling, riding fat bikes, and just hanging out in the quarry. In some ways 50+ degree temps contributed to an absolutely unique and enjoyable day as climbers shucked…


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Ice climbing Falls

Ice climbing Falls


On February 21, three climbers were nearing the top of Professor Falls (WI 4 920 feet) on the north side of Mount Rundle, Alberta, Canada. A 54-year-old man from nearby Canmore, whose name has not been released, was on lead. “He had climbed through an easy section without putting any protection in . . . and then he fell off, ” Grant Statham, a visitor safety specialist with…


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Ice climbing equipment

Ice climbing equipment


Boots: single insulated ice climbing boot with crampon compatibility* Climbing Harness* Climbing Helmet* Ice Tools (2)* Crampons: step in with vertical front points must fit your boots* Belay Device and locking carabiner* *We can provide these items but we must know in advance, particularly boot size CLOTHING LIST: If your body runs cold you may want to add another layer Long…


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Ice climbing clothing

Ice climbing clothing


Clothing is as important as your boots and ice axe. Being properly dressed is essential to enjoying your outdoor adventures. Cotton has no place in your winter layering system: it keeps you cold if you sweat and it takes a long time to dry out. Synthetic fabrics or wool keep you warmer when they become wet with sweat and certain synthetic base layers are designed to wick the…


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Ice climbing California

Ice climbing California


We are lucky to have in our backyard California’s premier ice climbing locales: June Lake and Lee Vining Canyon. June Lake is an ideal place to start learning the skills since the flows offer a variety of terrain and generally good climbing conditions. Once you become more comfortable balancing on the front points Lee Vining is the place to go to hone your ice skills on icicles…


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Ice climbing basics

Ice climbing basics


Getting Started Climbing Ice Ice climbing typically brings to mind frozen waterfalls. Here, a climber works his or her way up vertical ice with 2 axes, crampons toe-in to the ice. Climbing alpine ice, though, can also include walking flat-footed with crampons and a single ice axe. A glacier is a larger and more variable beast than most winter-only waterfalls, so you need to…


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Ice climbing Axes

Ice climbing Axes


Alpinists, ski mountaineers, ice climbers, mixed climbers and high-country trekkers all need an ice axe for their mountain pursuits. Choosing the best ice axe for you is based on your size and activity, plus a comparison of the length, weight, shape and CEN rating of the axe. Below is our shopping guidance. Important: Reading this article does not make you a mountaineer. Be…


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Ice climbing Anchorage

Ice climbing Anchorage


Joe leading in the Kenai Mountains. Photo by Joshua Foreman. Climb Southcentral Alaska Ice! IFMGA Mountain Guide Joe Stock guides ice climbing in Southcentral Alaska—the region around Anchorage. The area has ice for all abilities, for a first time experience, to long multi-pitch routes in the mountains. Joe also teaches ice climbing courses, which give you the skills to climb…


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