Hard ice adventure
Ice climbing adventure sports is most thrilling winter sports on the
majestic Indian Himalayas that will take you up to the most challenging
journey on the hard core snow.
There is not much of difference in the techniques that are required for ice
climbing and for rock and snow climbing. Ice is also as hard and rough as
any surface of a rock and numerous methods of rock climbing can be utilized
to challenge any ice barrier.
While taking up ice climbing venture, the adventure seeker can utilize only
their 3 limbs as one hand is always occupied by the ice axe. The holds are
also not very strong and firm as on rocks. However, holds and anchors are
not accessible in ice, which have to be made by the climber themselves with
pistons or screws.
Some of the most desired zones of Ice climbing
Open peaks in Jammu and Kashmir
Open peaks in Himachal Pradesh
Open peaks in Garhwal
Open peaks in Sikkim
Open peaks in Kumaon
Ice Climbing Tactics
In ice climbing, much depends on the difficulty level of the climb you are
under taking, seasonal activity, climber's aptitudes and prevalent climatic
conditions are also important consideration. The frost-crusted peaks of the
mighty Himalayas have continued to pose challenges to even the finest
Ice that you are climbing on, depict many states, it can be thin, full of
air holes, too soft, each of these conditions requires a slightly different
On thin ice, cat climbing is preferred, cautiously clawing up the ice walls
and ice edges. Tap your pickax and front points into the ice, to avoid
refuse the pickax and the ice. With air-pocketed ice, hook the pockets.
Ice rocks and surroundings
Ice grade can be indistinct, as it keeps on modifying. When waterfall
freezes during the season, the ice is thin and the climbing is difficult. As
the ice thickens, it becomes easier to climb your destination. In early
morning the ice is most likely freezing cold and brittle, after wards it
turns to be an absolute plastic ice by noon and melting snow by afternoon.
Other prime reasons for altering a route from year to year are amount of
runoff, prevailing temperatures, wind and climbers.
Gears - The essentials of Ice Climbing
For moderate routes, look for the current sticky-soled approach boots that
can also climb rock, or bring a pair of light sneakers and rock shoes.
Two 8.5mm half-double ropes, treated with color is the essential. Double
rope technique - leading with two, clipping one or the other into gear is
often preferable in alpine climbing. It decrease rope hang up, provides two
ropes for rappels, and reduces the odds of both ropes being cut during a
fall or by rock fall.
Other ice climbing essentials
Some climbs will only require a single axe, more technical routes demand
two working tools, one pickax and one hammer model.
Purchase strong, light, and comfortable helmet. It should be quite a
comfortable one that can also be worn over a hat and can also hold a
Go for a headlamp plus spare bulbs and extra batteries for more darker
zones. Halogen bulbs are extra bright, but lighten up through batteries very
Rappel / belay device.
Get one that is light, handles double ropes for belaying and rappelling,
and works with icy cords.
To maintain physical fitness, is the prime perquisite of every climber. Ice
climbs often involve long accessibility and halts at high altitudes, more
fit you are, the faster and less laborious the accessibility will be, and
the more ease you'll be on the climb. The skills of skiing, running, hiking,
and cycling, especially on hills, will help your ice climbing.