/ Ice Climbing
By the end of an action-packed hour I had remembered not to knock seven bells out of the ice with the picks and felt the footwork coming together nicely.
Now all I'm thinking is this: I bloody love ice climbing. Winter is coming is it? Bring it on.
Tappy, tappy, hooky, hooky - and maybe your belayer will live long enough for the next pitch!
> Tappy, tappy, hooky, hooky - and maybe your belayer will live long enough for the next pitch!
Climbing with one axe as an exercise was really helpful for this. When difficulties extracting your only (firmly stuck) axe would mean it springing out suddenly under force, you're much more delicate with placements. Very instructive.
Maybe for seconding but kinda useless for leading. I've seen plenty of people fall off when ice climbing, normally seconding or toproping, occasionally when leading, when tool placements blow.
Except for climbing thin ice where you want to limit the penetration of the blade I don't think there's much excuse for for blowing tool placements. If you hit the ice hard enough, your tool won't fail beyond a plate failure, but you should have seen that and cleared it. Falling leading ice is invariably bad news and delicate (as opposed to simply accurate) placements hugely increase the chances of that.
As I said thin ice is different but you should then know that you are upping the risk and accept that I guess.
Agreed, but there's also something to be said for conserving energy where possible and not sinking to the hilt with every hit. Plus, some of my most unstable moments seem to come when trying to extract a deeply driven axe that then suddenly comes free and throws everything off balance.
'Goldilocks' placements is when we should always try for, I suppose
Aww man I have GOT to get away this year!!
I visited Chill Factor as well last week.
First thoughts were - not very big.
Last thoughts were - my forearms are killing me.
Not a bad little set up to dust the cobwebs away, nice to play with different axes from all the major players.
Staff were friendly too - if I was planning on buying axes I would book a session and have a go with all of them rather than just blindly swing an axe in a shop environment.
All in all good work out and plenty of fun - the overhang was challenging as well, easy at the start of the hour, impossible at the end of the hour.
We attacked the overhang mid-session which was probably the right point to go for it. Wish I'd made another effort at the end as forearms were feeling pretty good and it would have been an extremely rare opportunity to put one over my mate who's 10 years my junior. He was crumpled in a heap. Perhaps that bit of indoor climbing I've been doing has provided some fitness reward after all. I'd better keep it up.
Yes it is cosy in there with three people(and 6 pairs of ice axes).
I would definitely go again - my lad is keen to swing an axe so I might take him up there as well.
There was no one after us either so we we had close to an hour and half in there as well.
Here in the UK, thin ice tends to be more the norm.
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