For most people, getting up close and personal with ice means drinking a frosty beverage. The worst that could happen is brain freeze. But adventure junkies will spend hours, days even, with their faces flat against the side of a glacier or frozen waterfall, using picks and ropes to scale its slick, textured and treacherous surface. The thrill of danger -- Will I fall into an icy crevasse? Will I get frostbite? Will an avalanche come out of nowhere? -- is what makes ice climbers so passionate about their sport.Read more...
NCCS grades, often called “commitment grades,” indicate the time investment in a route for an “average” climbing team. The overall seriousness of the complete route based on all factors of the final approach, ascent, and descent—including length, altitude, danger, commitment, and technical difficulty. This system originated with UIAA Roman numerals; it is now generally seen with French letters and is increasingly being used worldwide.Full Details Here..
Ice-climbing enthusiasts risk frozen extremities, falling rock and avalanches for the thrill of ascending waterfalls that snap, crackle and pop. Along with the weekend rush to the ski slopes, there’s now a mad dash to frozen waterfalls, many of them scarred with the distinctive marks of crampons, the metal spikes that protrude from climbing boots For an ever-increasing number of outdoor enthusiasts, ice climbing tops their list of must-do activities, making once rarely heard terms such as belaying and mantling part of the winter-sport lexicon.Read the full story.
When climbers first climb steep ice they tend to ignore many of the principles of movement they have acquired in their rock climbing. Principles such as balance, precise footwork and weight transfer. Instead they tend to thump and whack at the ice with their crampons and axes, using brute strength to pull themselves up. To a certain extent this crude approach will work – on short and not too steep ice climbs.Continue reading the tips.