While ice climbing is not about the gear used in its practice, there is, indeed, much to admire and learn from in the materials, design, construction, and function of modern ice tools and clothing. Understanding the technology is the first step to being able to make enlightened choices that will enhance your ice climbing experience. Climbers who refuse to educate themselves as to the strengths, weaknesses, and functional characteristics of the equipment, and who treat it shoddily, seem to have more than their share of epics and accidents. But there is no need to buy every new toy that comes along, either.
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