Climbing > Ice Climbing Gear & Equipments
Ice climbing is an extreme winter sport quickly gaining popularity in the United
States. Ice climbers ascend ice formations such as frozen waterfalls, ice flows on craggy mountain faces and glacial icefalls. Climbers may also look for routes
in steep, compact snow, and high mountain ice. While related to rock climbing, ice climbing differs in that climbers need to gauge the variable slope and
texture of the ice and choose their gear accordingly. The two main pieces of gear are ice axes and crampons. The climber kicks the crampon into the ice, then
swings the axe into the ice above him.