Ice season is finally here. UKClimbing seems to have a series of articles giving some tips how to climb more efficiently and safely.
- Ice Climbing - Physical and Mental Advice. "COME ON.......Keep it together...place that tool, weight it - ok move on it. Now the other - shit! The ice is crap! Come on stay cool - that's good - looks like good ice and a rest above. Place a tool –
breathe, keep breathing, keep your weight on your feet - good stuff. Clear the ice - come on - keep breathing, the bloody screw won't bite! COME ON YA BASTARD!! Relax - that's it stay relaxed. COME ON GET IN!
Great clip it – breath in two three four out two three four - that's it relax. Nice one! Not far now - weight on your feet... easy ground. Ya beauty! Stay focused - weight the tool. Ok place the other - move
up nice one..." By George McEwan at UKC Climbing on 2011-12-20.
- IMPROVE: Steep Ice Climbing Technique. When climbers first climb steep ice they tend to ignore many of the principles of movement they have acquired in their rock climbing. Principals such as balance, precise footwork and weight transfer. Instead they tend to thump and whack at the ice with their crampons and axes, using brute strength to pull themselves up. By George McEwan at UKC Climbing on 2012-01-02.
- Ice Climbing Anchor Strength. Early last winter a new study analysing ice climbing anchor strength appeared on the internet. This practical field study was carried out by J.Marc Beverly and Stephen W. Attaway and was titled "Ice Climbing Anchor Strength: An In-depth Analysis". By George McEwan at UKC Climbing on 2012-01-30.
- Protecting Winter Belays - Safety Tips. Winter climbs often have long, poorly protected run-outs with potential for high impact forces in the event of a fall. Protection can be hard to find and also it can be less than 100% reliable. It can also be more spaced out than might be the case in summer. By George McEwan at UKC Climbing on 2012-01-16.