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Title: Iceclimbing!!
Post by: MonteBianco on Jan 28 2005, 19:08
Today I climbed at a local waterfall and it was great fun.. But one problem occured to me.. My grip..Damnit my hans were cramping after the first wall. Later on I became more confident in placing my feet and the upper body with grip and arms didnt have to do the bulk.. I will certainly go climb ice more often because it was very fun and its just 5 kilometer from my home  8)

How about you folks on the forum? Do you climb any ice? and if you do what do you think about technically? I realised that good footwork is very helpfull ..what els should one think about when climbing ice?
Title: Re: Iceclimbing!!
Post by: 7summits on Feb 5 2005, 01:27
Hey Montebianco!

yes Iceclimbing is fun! Have not done much so far, but it is great in France in the area around Briancon.

(http://www.summitpost.org/images/112_main.jpg)

Your footwork is very important, especially to keep them horizontal, to avoid slipping out and calve pain. Trust your crampons and use the 2nd pair of teeth.

I am off to ice climb in Africa very soon  8)
Title: Re: Iceclimbing!!
Post by: MonteBianco on Feb 5 2005, 18:26
Alright...!!  One thing which helped me when climbing was the use off toprope. It felt very safe knowing that if you should slip which happened several times you wont fall a single meter.
 
And have a nice trip to Africa!! I guess Africa isnīt the first place to think of when going Iceclimbing though ;D Were u going? The Atlas?
Title: Re: Iceclimbing!!
Post by: 7summits on Feb 5 2005, 18:37
Nope, although you can make some nice skitours over there I heard..

I am off to Uganda, Rwenzori, together with Alison Levine (http://www.alisonlevine.com), my climbing and cycling friend Romke and some others.

Should be very interesting!
Keep you posted
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