Different Types of Ice Climbing Gear

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Ice climbing is the sport of climbing in ice covered mountains with a short rope. It is also known as mountaineering. This sport can be done on steep mountains as well as on sidewalks or sloping grounds. It is very adventurous sport that involves a lot of physical and mental stress.

An Overview

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The most important gear you need for ice climbing is an ice climbing harness. A standard harness is a one-piece garment that holds the climber’s body in place and provides support. There are two types of ice climbing harnesses – alpine and free style. Free style harnesses usually have a waist belay which enables the climber to hang on to a tree, much like a rappel system. Alpine harnesses usually have a waist belay, a chest clip to attach the climbing equipment to and some form of a webbing tie-up.

Some alpine ice climbing gear has become popular over the past few years. These include gloves, helmets, ice axes (either silent or powered) and other specialized ice climbing equipment. Although these gears are designed for use in the mountains, they can be used on nearly any mountain in the world. They are durable, lightweight and inexpensive, making them affordable for almost anybody.

Deal With Precautions

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Your ice climbing gear is only as good as the conditions it was designed for. Your physical condition will determine how well you can use it. If you are an individual who is recovering from an injury or currently disabled, you will need to take special precautions when climbing. Before leaving your home to climb, it is a good idea to have some sort of personal ice climbing gear transport, such as a backpack, ice climber, climbing ropes, harness, top rope, belay devices and more. Having the right equipment on hand will make the experience more enjoyable for both you and your climbing partner.

One of the most important pieces of ice climbing gear that an individual should take with them is an ice axe. You will use the ice axe to chop through the ice and rock and help you get down from your high place. The most popular ice axes are the fixed ice axes and the removable ice axes. The fixed ice axes are easier to use because they do not move during use and they are much stronger than their removable counterparts.

Important Kit

Another important piece of kit is a good set of beginner’s ice climbing harnesses and belays. Ice climbing harnesses and belays are designed to keep climbers safely attached to their companions and to give the player added support if needed. A full body harness, including gloves, is the safest way to secure yourself and prevents any potentially dangerous falls from happening. There are many different styles of beginner guide available and it is recommended that each climber test them out before using them on the mountain.

It is very important that you learn about the different climbing routes before setting off to climb. These are levels and are graded according to difficulty. The easiest routes are usually the white routes while the harder routes are marked with an orange cone. The A-frames, which are shorter and more difficult routes, are typically found around the higher mountains. Climbing a route without learning the level on it is not recommended as you won’t be prepared for anything once you reach the mountain.


If you plan on climbing in the winter, it is recommended that you bring a pair of water ice axes with you or an alpine rope in case you come across a snow covered mountain. Both items are essential to make your way down a mountain. Ice axes are useful for cutting your way through powdery snow and alpine ropes are essential to tie rope lines and to belay your companions. There are different types of clothing to suit different weather conditions and different types of ice climbing gear to protect yourself from the elements. If you are not sure what type of clothing and equipment you need, speak to a professional who knows about the sport.

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