Ice Climbing


Because Climbing Stairs is not fun

If you are one of those who isn’t afraid of cold or ice & if you love challenging yourself to the limits. This is it- climb ice walls, frozen waterfalls and much more to give you a sense of superior-ness among others, because there are very few who would get of the house in cold; leave aside trying to climb an ice wall. If you have it in you, give it a shot at the best locations with the best of the experts of this field. We at Dreams Motorsports provide training sessions as well as ice climbing practice. ENQUIRE NOW for more details.

 

All About Ice Climbing


Ice climbing is the activity of ascending inclined ice formations. Usually, ice climbing refers to roped and protected climbing of features such as icefalls, frozen waterfalls, and cliffs and rock slabs covered with ice refrozen from flows of water. For the purposes of climbing, ice can be broadly divided into two spheres, alpine ice and water ice. Alpine ice is found in a mountain environment, usually requires an approach to reach, and is often climbed in an attempt to summit a mountain. Water ice is usually found on a cliff or other outcropping beneath water flows. Alpine ice is frozen precipitation whereas water ice is a frozen liquid flow of water. Most alpine ice is generally one component of a longer route and often less technical, having more in common with standard glacier travel, while water ice is selected largely for its technical challenge. Technical grade is, however, independent of ice type and both types of ice vary greatly in consistency according to weather conditions. Ice can be soft, hard, brittle or tough. Mixed climbing is ascent involving both ice climbing and rock climbing.

WHY CLIMB ICEWALLS?

Ice tools are badass. Ice axes in particular are pretty sweet, but crampons aren’t too far behind. Over the past ten years, the traditional mountaineering axes initially used on steep ice have largely given way to technical ice tools – slightly curved high-tech implements designed specially for conquering vertical ice. The new tools are also stronger, lighter, and made with more shock-absorbing materials that make it easier to keep swinging that tool all day long. Crampons have also evolved, getting lighter and stronger, with front points specially designed for digging into vertical ice. Lucky for us, all of these improvements make it easier than ever to start climbing ice.
You can still put safety first: There are a lot of inherent dangers in ice climbing, no way around that. The same is true for rock climbing though, and we’ve become accustomed as rock climbers to managing and mitigating risk. Similar principles apply in ice climbing. One of the best ways for new ice climbers to reduce the risk created by the changeable nature of ice is to climb on top-rope, with anchors built on trees or with gear in rock, in areas with access to the anchors available by hiking around the back or the side of the ice flow. Leading ice is a whole different ballgame, and it’s not recommended for novice ice climbers, no matter how proficient you are on rock.
However, even in top-roping, ice falls. Swinging and kicking into ice knocks off pieces of ice, big and little and everything in between. That’s why you will pretty much never see an ice climber without a helmet, even folks who don’t think twice about rock climbing bare-headed. It’s just as important to wear a helmet while belaying for an ice climber, and as a belayer, it’s also your responsibility to belay out of the fall line of ice knocked down by your climber. Yell “Ice!” when a particularly large piece is coming down, in the same way you’d yell “Rock!” at the crag. While the risk of falling ice can’t be eliminated, you can significantly improve your margin of safety by always wearing your helmet and staying alert for falling ice.
You really don’t have to be cold: Many people hate cold, they really do and yet they love to climb ice. It’s not as contradictory as it sounds. Layers, food, and warm liquids do wonders to keep you warm while climbing and belaying.
It’s awesome training: Ice climbing is a great way to keep in climbing shape over the winter. Good footwork is foundational for ice climbing, and much of your upward movement as an ice climber comes from pushing up with the muscles of your lower body. Hamstrings, glutes, and quads all get a workout, and keeping your heels low to keep your crampons in puts your calf muscles through their paces. Balance and core are also key to ice climbing. Keeping your hips into the ice and centered over your feet provides power to your swing, and maintaining that position is all about core strength. Similarly, since you often need to move your feet without changing the position of your ice tool in the ice (or vice versa), ice climbing is great training for learning how to combine movement and stillness on the rock.
You’ll actually look forward to winter: Remember how people say I hate the cold? They’ve never been much for winter hiking or anything like that, so winter always used to feel like a time when they were stuck inside. Getting out to ice climb has taken them to some really beautiful spots, and there’s nothing quite like topping out on a tough climb and looking out over a beautiful snow-filled valley lined with fir trees.
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