EXTREME CLIMBING, JUST ADD ICE (VIDEO)

Scaling the face of a mountain is a daunting task that requires stable footing and a rock-solid commitment to reach the top.

Ice Climbing World Cup 2011 - Saas Fee Highlights from Matt Pycroft on Vimeo.

But what happens when you’re scaling ice instead of rock? A slippery and already treacherous activity becomes even more dangerous. There are two forms of ice someone can climb: Alpine ice flows near a mountain range, and usually requires some sort of approach to reach; it’s precipitation ice, and climbers usually scale this type of ice to reach the summit of a mountain. It’s not very different than simple glacier walking. Water ice is the second kind, and it’s usually found on a cliff or outcropping where water flows beneath. The alpine ice is usually a part of a mixed climbing experience and it’s pretty straightforward trekking over a glacier with less technical experience required. That means water ice climbing is where the real challenges await.

Leave a Comment

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

Visit Us On TwitterVisit Us On FacebookVisit Us On Google Plus