Alpine Ice Techniques

Photos on pp. 121-155 ore by l»i> Jomlimon

Alpine ice climbing techniques cover all aspects of glacier travel, as well as climbing on seracs, ice cliffs, permanent ice faces, couloirs, arêtes, and ridges. The photos accompanying this section were taken in October in the Canadian Rockies in cold autumn conditions. It was my wife Teri's first experience with glaciers and alpine ice conditions. The techniques illustrated represent All to 4 climbing, the normal range of alpine ice difficulties, although there are some exceptional alpine climbs that are harder. The techniques required to deal with those special alpine climbs are explained in the following chapter on waterfall ice techniques.

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