/ Ice Screws

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Rich M - on 02 Dec 2012
Hi All,

I was looking at getting a set of ice screws and was wondering what lengths to get and how many of each?

I plan on using them in the UK if conditions are good and in the alps in summer. Will be low grades as I've never winter climbed before and only done a few glacier walks in the alps.

Cheers!

xplorer on 02 Dec 2012
In reply to Rich M:

I'd get 2, 3 at the most for now.

Get 2 smaller size screws, as many easy routes won't have much ice on them.

And get 1 large screw, will come in handy for abalakov threads
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ablackett - on 02 Dec 2012
In reply to xplorer: Agree with that, if you are climbing with someone who has 1 or 2 you could perhaps get away with it, or just buy 1 to compliment your mates.

Ridges won't have much ice on them, easy gullies up to grade II won't have much ice other than a short step or 2 which you can protect with 1 screw. Would be nice to have 3, so you have 1 for the pitch and 2 for a belay, but you can manage with 1 or 2 on easy routes.

Enjoy.

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