Winter sports season is in its prime and one fun way to experience all the snow and ice is by ice climbing. Ascending ice formations including ice falls, cliffs and rock slabs, is a rewarding and exciting experience. But, if you try to climb any of these gorgeous pieces of nature-made art, you won’t get too far without the right equipment. Having the right equipment will keep you safe, and help you climb higher. So here’s a basic guide to what you need to get started with ice climbing.
You’ll need a few different types of carabiners for ice climbing. Bring a few locking carabiners to use with your belay device. Also, consider investing in a sling that you can clip to your harness.
These two types of rope are necessary for any type of climbing. Static rope has little stretch to it in contrast to dynamic which is somewhat elastic.
Boots made specifically for ice climbing are made with plastic or leather with a flat sole for attaching crampons. The rigid, stiffness to the boot is important for specific ice climbing techniques such as, frontpointing, or climbing with the front points of crampons.
There are many specific harnesses made for ice climbing. They tend to be less bulky and more comfortable since you already will have extra padding from your winter outfit. Also, specialized ice climbing harnesses will fit over bulky clothes and have multiple gear loops for your tools.