If haven't ice climbed in years ....because now I live in Florida....but I do have some advice, you can take it or leave it....
1. Take several classes....or hire local climbing guides to teach you ,...ask questions and learn as much as you can on technique, gear, Safety,
local,routes....the private one on one class's are best.
2. Eventually You will meet a lot of other climbers who will offer you to join them or to take you climbing ....always know who you are climbing with
and their ability and safety practice. I say this because not all climbers climb the same ...and some are UN safe ...( I'm not talking about a
certified guide , I'm talking about the climbing community you will come in contact with and make friends with )...I always climbed with some of my
friends who were local guides and very safety first .....one day I made the mistake of climbing with someone else who turned out to be slightly
reckless ,and climbed in a manor that could have ended badly. Poor choices.....know your climbing partner !!
3. I always chose to climb with an ax with a leash on my wrist ....a lot of others went to the leash-less style....but I witnessed people accidently
dropping or having the ax slip from their hands ( accidents happen ) and the ax fell ...wayyyyy down... And if you don't carry an extra...your in a
tough spot. ...I personally like the leash.
4... And that brings me too....a lot of your gear will be personal choice....what works best for you...try to rent, use, or borrow many different
types of gear to find what brand works best for you...everyone is different.
5. Crampons : again everyone is different in what they like....I personally like the fact that my crampons have movable prongs on the toe area. I can
angle then inward, or outward ....to follow my natural gate ( toe in ...toe out as you walk ) ... Which helps when you are kicking into the
ice.....and I can remove a prong if I want to have a single toe prong, or dual. ..I prefer dual.
6.Have a guide show you certain " hanging " techniques with your body so you don't fatigue your muscles quickly . Hanging with Straight arms relieves
your arm muscles and causes less fatigue.
7. And if your in the gym working out ... There are certain hand and wrist excersises you can do in the gym or in your home to strengthen your wrists
and forearms .
8. always check the Avalanche advisory for the area , and the weather before climbing and be prepared for the weather to turn....make a check list of
everything you should have and check it off before you climb...always wear your Avalanche beacon when climbing mountains, and if there is a place to
register or sign sign in at a base hut, make sure you sign in ....or.......always tell someone where your going and when you we will be back. They
will need to alert authorities if you don't make it back. ...you never know ....( and yes I was caught in the off shoot - side of anvalace on a day
when it was a low threat .....it sucked and it hurt ...luckily I had friends aware we were not back from our climb.)
9. Slim jams and power bars were my friends for a quick snack climbing...and water with electrolytes...you need food that won't freeze too much, and
are easily to open with your gloves.
10. Always bring an extra pair of gloves...or two...your hands will sweat making the gloves wet...and you will need to change them out at some
point....or your hands will be very cold and non workable to climb....There's lots to learn, many techniques , and a lot of good gear...learn from the
best if you can.
Have fun...but be safe...safety first .
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