The Alaskan Alpine Club has a unique web page that illustrates the actual construction of an artificial ice wall over the course of four months. They also have photos of some prior years ice walls. And finally, this page lists other ice climbing walls from around the world. Try building one of these in your […]
Two more ice climbing festivals are upcoming. The 8th annual Festiglace du Quebec sponsored by The North Face will be held February 18-20 in Pont-Rouge. Billed as the world’s biggest ice climbing event, the event promises gear demos and expert advice booths, free intro to ice climbing lessons, snowshoeing circuit and demos, professional and amateur […]
Sponsored by Red Bull, Cedar Falls, Iowa is hosting an ice climbing competition this weekend on silos. For the past five years, University of Northern Iowa outdoor pursuits teacher Don Briggs has been icing down four silos for the purpose of climbing. The largest ice wall stretches 68 feet from the ground, while two others […]
Jack Roberts, climbing guide and author, has some useful “tech tips” on his site. These include secrets to staying warm and keeping winter fun, preparation for long winter alpine days, and Jack’s twelve golden rules for better leading on ice.
Anyone who has climbed ice knows how fragile and changing the medium can be. For more insight into the science of ice formation, I recommend this article on how ice climbs form, deform, change, and fall right apart. An excerpt from the author, Will McCarthy: Ice is weird stuff, though climbing it might just be […]
IceClimb.com has a list of the 2005 ice climbing festivals in North America.