/ Best books on ice climbing?

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afreeding - on 28 Jul 2012
Hey guys! So, I've caught this really intense interest in ice climbing and want to devour as much reading as I can before the winter sets in. Any advice on your "must reads" for ice climbing? Thanks - really appreciate any thoughts. === Aimee ===
LJC - on 28 Jul 2012
Colin Wells - on 28 Jul 2012
In reply to afreeding:

For inspiring you to climb in British winter:

Cold Climbs
Wilson, Alcock, Barry
Baton Wicks

For all-round sensible, extremely useful and accessibly written technical advice:

Ice & Mixed Climbing: Modern Technique
Will Gadd
The Mountaineers

For more of the same, but with more romantic lyricism and grounded in a solidly Scottish context:

Scotland's Winter Mountains
Martin Moran
David & Charles

For more inspiration, wit and brilliant historical context:

One Man's Mountains
Tom Patey
Baton Wicks

For fabulous inspiration, and old-fashioned but still valid advice:

Climbing Ice
Yvon Chouinard
Random House

Finally, love him or loathe him, you can't really go and winter climb in Britain without immersing yourself, at least for a time, in the compendium of Bill Murray's books:

Mountaineering in Scotland/Undiscovered Scotland
WH Murray
Baton Wicks


Flatus Vetus - on 28 Jul 2012
In reply to afreeding:

Rockfax Winter Climbing http://www.rockfax.com/climbing-guides/books/winter-climbing-2009/

Will Gadd - Ice and Mixed Climbing
needvert on 29 Jul 2012
In reply to LJC:

Been reading that, is full of information :)
neilnt - on 29 Jul 2012
In reply to afreeding:

Will Gadd's book is exellent, another good one is:

How to Ice Climb! by Craig Luebben,

a bit dated from the equipment side of things but still lots of good info in it.

Yours,

Neilnt
rogerwebb - on 29 Jul 2012
In reply to afreeding:

For pure fun and not instruction

If you can find a copy of a 'Century of Scottish Mountaineering' ( Scottish Mountaineering Trust) read 'Thirty hours on Ben Nevis' by Charles Inglis Clark.

Not ice climbing as we know it but gives the atmosphere of Scottish climbing brilliantly, less has changed since 1908 than one might think. People had epics in the same way for the same reasons, and in the same places, its about a very long and wandering ascent of Tower Ridge.

For information I'd look at Ian Parnell's book the title of which I forget!
jimjimjim on 29 Jul 2012
In reply to afreeding: please lets not talk about winter just yet...;)
ollieollie - on 30 Jul 2012
In reply to jimjimjim: jingle bells jingle bells......
Erstwhile on 31 Jul 2012
In reply to afreeding:

Browse some SMC Journals
Lil_Pete - on 31 Jul 2012
In reply to afreeding:

If you want something off the wall pick up:

Kiss or Kill by Mark Twight

Balls to the wall cutting edge ice and alpine climbing musings by 'Mr Scary' Twight.
stonemaster - on 31 Jul 2012
In reply to Lil_Pete:
> (In reply to afreeding)
>
by 'Mr Scary' Twight.

Actually, he's Dr Doom. Not heard him called 'Mr Scary' before
L.A. on 31 Jul 2012
In reply to afreeding: And if anyone wants something outdated(circa 1979)in B+W and concentrating mainly on US

The Ice Experience-Jeff Lowe
Just mail me and its yours for free
abcdefg - on 31 Jul 2012
> Climbing Ice
> Yvon Chouinard

A great book which also contains very good advice about Alpinism in general, as well as some excellent anecotes. Who can forget the 'Fun-hogs'?
dek - on 31 Jul 2012
In reply to L.A.:
Good shout! I can barely just remember from my long lost copy
,the JL quote, "the steeper it gets, the weirder it feels".... Or something!
L.A. on 31 Jul 2012
In reply to dek: You want it ? mail me your address and its yours FoC
mattjohnson1 - on 01 Aug 2012
In reply to L.A.: I'll take it off your hands if it's still going?
dek - on 01 Aug 2012
In reply to L.A.:
> (In reply to dek) You want it ? mail me your address and its yours FoC


Very generous of you sir! But give it to a deserving youngster who wants to soak up a bit of history?!
Cheers.
Lil_Pete - on 01 Aug 2012
In reply to stonemaster:

Hadn't realised he had an established nickname like that, that was me just giving my own opinion of him!
L.A. on 02 Aug 2012
In reply to mattjohnson1: Go on then -email me your address and I`ll post it out to you today

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