Ice Climbing

Ice Climber Will Gadd Profiled on ESPN The Magazine

by Tom Markiewicz on February 26, 2009

ESPN The Magazine profiles ice climber Will Gadd. Gadd stands at the base of the 40-foot-high frozen waterfall and looks up. He kicks footholds with his crampons and swings his axes overhead, driving the points deep into the ice. He pulls with his arms and pushes with his legs, then kicks his feet and swings […]

More Chicks, A Weekend at the Betty Ice Ball

by Tom Markiewicz on February 12, 2009

Today’s guest post is from Jenn Fields, who writes at I wasn??t sure what I??d get out of a weekend of ice climbing just with girls, because I??ve always climbed with boys. Of course I??d come away with sore shoulders, bigger calves and more mad girl-climbing skills, but what else would be on the […]

How To Sharpen Ice Screws

by Tom Markiewicz on January 29, 2009

Even though the ice is still not fat everywhere, it is definitely ice climbing season in many areas. Black Diamond has a good video tutorial on how to get prepared and sharpen your ice screws.

Ice Climbing Season is Fast Approaching

by Tom Markiewicz on October 29, 2008

When I lived in the Washington DC area, one of the (few) benefits was being able to get cheap flights on Southwest to New Hampshire. This allowed us to take trips for ice climbing in the White Mountains. I attended the Mt. Washington Valley Ice Festival numerous times and had a blast. The ice climbing […]

Climbing Video: Will Gadd climbing icebergs

by Tom Markiewicz on December 31, 2007

The cold weather keeps me thinking of ice climbing. Here’s a video of Will Gadd climbing icebergs. A higher quality MOV video can also be found at National Geographic.

Upcoming Ice Climbing Festivals in 2008

by Tom Markiewicz on December 30, 2007

The following is a collection of all the upcoming ice climbing festivals in 2008. January 4 – 6, 2008 Kandersteg Ice Climbing Festival The 8th annual Kandersteg Ice Climbing Festival will be held in the Bernese Oberland. Over 450 ice climbers are expected to attend this festival in Switzerland. January 9 – 13, 2008 Ouray […]

12th Annual Mountainfest in the Adirondacks

by Tom Markiewicz on November 22, 2007

Taking place in New York’s Adirondacks, the 12th annual Mountainfest will take place this winter January 11-13, 2008. A full schedule of classes include beginning through advanced ice climbing, snowshoe mountaineering, and avalanche fundamentals.

Petzl Charlet Sarken Crampon Recall

by Tom Markiewicz on October 12, 2007

Petzl has posted a recall for all its Petzl Charlet Sarken crampons. Recent customer experience has shown that the front points of SARKEN crampons are susceptible to premature wearout following heavy use. This means cracking of the metal forefoot near the front point(s), followed by possible breakage if usage continues. Petzl has stopped sales and […]

Ice Climbing at the New River Gorge

by Tom Markiewicz on March 6, 2007

I heard some rumors about the ice climbing at the New River Gorge, but hadn’t had a chance to actually get up there this winter. With the arrival of March and the warmer weather, it looks like I’ll have to wait until next season to get some ice climbing in locally. It’s really not that […]

Build your own ice climbing wall

by Tom Markiewicz on March 6, 2005

The Alaskan Alpine Club has a unique web page that illustrates the actual construction of an artificial ice wall over the course of four months. They also have photos of some prior years ice walls. And finally, this page lists other ice climbing walls from around the world. Try building one of these in your […]

Upcoming Ice Climbing Festivals

by Tom Markiewicz on February 15, 2005

Two more ice climbing festivals are upcoming. The 8th annual Festiglace du Quebec sponsored by The North Face will be held February 18-20 in Pont-Rouge. Billed as the world’s biggest ice climbing event, the event promises gear demos and expert advice booths, free intro to ice climbing lessons, snowshoeing circuit and demos, professional and amateur […]

Ice silos site of regional competition

by Tom Markiewicz on February 12, 2005

Sponsored by Red Bull, Cedar Falls, Iowa is hosting an ice climbing competition this weekend on silos. For the past five years, University of Northern Iowa outdoor pursuits teacher Don Briggs has been icing down four silos for the purpose of climbing. The largest ice wall stretches 68 feet from the ground, while two others […]