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Ice Climbing has evolved into a sport of its own. There are more than 20,000 ice climbing routes established in the world, and there are two dozen climbing gyms that offer indoor ice climbing walls in their facility. Ice climbing has evolved from a means to ascend a mountain into a sport with its own grading system, routes, and distinct ice climbing gear. As equipment and techniques became more advanced, mixed ice and rock climbing became more practical, and safe.

Ice Fall Climbing

The three popular types and categories of ice climbing are:

An ice climber will determine the gear to use based on the type of ice climbing. Vertical ice climbing requires crampons and ice tools and screws for placing protection. On short stretches of less vertical ice, an ice tool can be used to chop out foot placements. For steep grades crampons are used. When traveling on icy flat surfaces such as a glacier or ice field a lightweight mountaineering crampon can be used in place of the ice crampon. For leading, an ice climber sets protection using ice screws. Ice screws are started by pounding with a hammer several times, then turning so the threads catch and pull the screw into the ice as an anchor. Typically two tools are used, one in each hand. The tools are not identical. One would have a pick and adze, the other a hammer and pick.

Equipment and gear used in ice climbing

Care of ice climbing gear

The best thing you can do is preserve your ice climbing gear is to dry it all out every day after you return. If you don't sepend the time to fully dry the gear, screws and crampons will rust, threads will corrode, and boots will start to smell. The evening is a good time to dry and inspect for damage. Ice climbing is hard on equipment. Inspect the ropes, harness and all other gear for damage, frays or misshape. Keep your equipment in a reasonable temperature at night.

Preparing the gear for ice climbing

Choose a location to set the gear back from the start of the route. Ice and rocks dislodge from the face and will impact at the base of the route. Put your helmet on first to protect yourself from falling ice. Lay out the crampons, screws harness and other ice gear. When all your equipment is organized, put on your harness next. The last item to put on are your crampons. If you put the crampons on before your harness it is possible to catch a leg loop with the point and damage the harness. In any case the harness is easier to get on without crampons.

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Hooshion Non-slip Spikes Ice Snow Crampons Shoes Chain Cleat for Climbing Walking Hiking

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This professional 4-teeth walking cleat can not be missed if you are an outdoor enthusiast. It adopts superior elastic latex and high density manganese steel. It can reduce the risk of injury from slips and falls when walking on ice, snow, mud, wet grass and other poor conditions. Lightweight design...

CAMP USA - Cassin Radion Ice Screw

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The revolutionary, research-driven details of the Cassin Radion Ice Screw make it an incredibly fast, reliable, and fail-safe screw to add to your ice or alpine rack. The 0.03mm-thick chromoly steel shaft features a nickel-plated finish to prevent rust, while the triple-angle front teeth ensure the quickest...

Black Diamond Lockdown Ice Axe Leash

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Intuitive and secure, Black Diamond's Lockdown Leash uses a unique slipknot configuration for superb ice tool security.

Edelrid Shield II Climbing Helmet - Women's

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The Edelrid Women's Shield II Climbing Helmet offers a colorful way to protecting your noggin from falling rocks and head-smashing falls while you're climbing. In-Mold construction ensures a lightweight appeal while the polycarbonate shell and the removable polystyrene foam core work together...

Black Diamond Slider Ice Axe Leash

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A simple, streamlined leash with colored, tightly-woven nylon webbing that's ideal for general mountaineering ice axes as well as technical ice axes.

Alpina Ice Axe

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With its super-strong T-rated construction on the head and shaft, the C.A.M.P Alpina Ice Axe is the right choice for intensive use on rugged alpine terrain. The unique forged chromoly steel head delivers superior strength and durability. A refined pick provides excellent performance both when swinging...

Ultralight Pro Crampons

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When you're ferrying loads at 8000 meters, every ounce can feel like a ton. The Pro was conceived with the lofty goal of providing high altitude mountaineers with a crampon alternative that is both lightweight and technically advanced. The final result is an aluminum crampon, which according to...

Alpax Special Axe

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C.A.M.P.'s Alpax Special Axe is a great technical tool for the advanced alpinist. The shaft features our patented Hand Rest system that quickly adapts the tool to the terrain. For general mountaineering, the lower shaft is smooth and straight so that it plunges easily into snow. When steep ice is...

La Sportiva Miura Vibram XS Grip2 Climbing Shoe - Women's

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Stick to the most crimp-tastic routes when you put on the La Sportiva Women's Miura Climbing Shoe and edge wart-sized footholds. The Miura's high curvature and downturned toe give you more friction on the smallest holds or smears with the sticky help of Vibram XS Grip2 rubber. Shaped forefoot...

La Sportiva Miura VS Vibram XS Grip2 Climbing Shoe - Women's

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From freeing hard aid lines to sending cutting-edge boulder problems, the La Sportiva Women's Miura VS Vibram XS Grip2 Climbing Shoe has been there, done that, and will gladly do it all over again. The aggressive shape and sticky Vibram rubber combine with the Slingshot rand and Powerhinge system...

Tour Lite Telescoping Axe

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STUBAI TOUR LITE TELESCOPING: Two axes in one, the Tour Lite Telescoping easily adjusts from 60cm to 95cm in seconds. The basket is removable for walking or probing. Now includes a re-designed lock washer, making this axe stronger than ever.

Edelrid Swift Dry Climbing Rope - 8.9mm

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It doesn't matter if you're climbing ice, sport, trad, multipitch, big wall, or the highest peaks in the world. As long as you're going up, you're golden, and the Edelrid Swift Dry Climbing Rope lets you do it all. Its 8. 9mm diameter makes this rope one of the skinniest certified...

Black Diamond Viper Ice Tool - Adze

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The evolution of the Black Diamond Viper adze ice tool continues with key updates that keep you swinging into ice with ease.

Black Diamond Viper Ice Tool - Hammer

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The evolution of the Black Diamond Viper hammer ice tool continues with key updates that keep you swinging into ice with ease.

Two LW ice snow crampons stainless steel (2 pack) skiing hiking walking climbing

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CAMP USA Alpax Hammer Head

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Replace the broken, bent, or just plain worn out pick on your Awax ice tool with the CAMP USA Awax Adze-Pick Ice Axe Head. This one-piece replacement head features a hammer for bashing in ice pitons, straightening bent picks, or streamlining your rig for mixed climbing.

Petzl Spike Protector

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Help reduce wear and tear on your crampons with the Petzl Spike Protector.

Grivel G10/Air Tech Crampon Spare Parts

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So you've worn your crampon's heel spurs down to nubs with all those long hauls, fortunately we have Grivel's G10/Air Tech Crampon Spare Parts to save your day. Replace your current heel spurs and wallow in your new-found peace of mind.
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