/ best way to start winter/ice climbing
Get reasonably fit, get up early and move quickly.
You'll soon want gear (assuming you don't go off the idea) and it costs a packet. Get a sensible boot and crampon (G12) and nothing super technical but get axes you can use leashless or modify a 2nd hand pair of leashed ones - you will not regret this (don't drop them). First season borrow as much as possible.
Don't bother with a deadman or ice hooks
Assume that everything will get wet through, everything will take twice as long as you thought, that you'll rip your fancy new trousers / gaiters within 5 minutes and that you'll go up and come down in the dark. Learn how to avoid avalanches, how to navigate blind and what remains palatable to eat semi frozen.
Winter climbing works best doing courses.
First do a winter skills course to get up to speed and be sure you like it.
Then, if you do, a series of locksmithing, pyrotechnics and offensive driving courses so you have the money to pay for it.
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