ICE CLIMBING

Welcome to the CTT Ice Climbing video series. Here we cover critical skills for climbing frozen waterfalls, ascending mixed ice & rock terrain, and becoming a well-rounded alpinist.

Ice climbing is considered is an advanced climbing discipline. Before viewing this series, you should work through our Sport Climbing, Traditional Climbing, and Multi-Pitch Trad Climbing videos… plus our Alpine & Mountaineering series, as well as our requisite Anchor Building, Belaying, and Rappelling videos.

Take it slower when learning to ice climb than you would with rock climbing. We advocate spending a lot of time top roping before leading because taking a leader fall with all those sharp objects is a scary prospect—and the solidity of ice can be harder to read than granite or limestone.

Let’s get started! Our Ice Climbing video series is below. Be careful, and have fun!

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Please remember, climbing is inherently dangerous. Climb at your own risk.

1 - Ice Climbing - Technique Considerations0video

Ice Climbing: 1. Technique Considerations

  1. Technique Considerations In this video we take a look at basic ice climbing techniques. 1. When starting out, practice on top rope. 2. Tackle lower angle...
2 - Ice Climbing - Hand Positionsvideo

Ice Climbing: 2. Hand Positions

  2. Hand Positions In this video we look at a variety of ways to grab your ice tool to save energy and make you more...
3 - Ice Climbing - Alternate vs Horizontalvideo

Ice Climbing: 3. Alternate vs. Horizontal Placements

  3. Alternate vs. Horizontal Placements In this video we review alternate vs. horizontal placement while ice climbing. Alternate Placements - In a typical ice climbing scenario,...
4 - Ice Climbing - Eye Protectionvideo

Ice Climbing: 4. Eye Protection

  4. Eye Protection In this video we discuss the wisdom of wearing eye protection when ice climbing. Ice is a brittle substance. It will fracture and...
5 - Ice Climbing - Wearing Adjusting Cramponsvideo

Ice Climbing: 5. Wearing & Adjusting Crampons

  5. Wearing & Adjusting Crampons In this video we look at how to adjust crampons for ice climbing. When putting on crampons: 1. Have a...
6 - Ice Climbing -Selecting Mono-Point crampons vs. Dual-Point cramponsvideo

Ice Climbing: 6. Mono-Point Crampons vs. Dual-Point Crampons

 6. Mono-Point Crampons vs. Dual-Point Crampons In this video we look at two major types of ice climbing crampon styles: mono-point and dual-point. Mono-point crampons -...
7 - Ice Climbing - Protecting the Ropevideo

Ice Climbing: 7. Protecting the Rope

  7. Protecting the Rope In this video we discuss the importance of protecting the rope while ice climbing. When ice climbing we use several sharp...
8 - Ice Climbing - Quickfoot Techniquevideo

Ice Climbing: 8. Quick Foot Techniques

  8. Quick Foot Techniques Ice climbing can be strenuous. Like in rock climbing, the more we can rely on our feet, the better. In this...
9 - Ice Climbing - Climbing over bulgesvideo

Ice Climbing: 9. Climbing Over Bulges (Mantling)

  9. Climbing Over Bulges (Mantling)   In this video we look at the technique to climb over bulges in the ice. Climbing over bulges, also known...
10 - Ice Climbing - Hooking with Ice Axevideo

Ice Climbing: 10. Hooking With Your Ice Tools

  10. Hooking With Your Ice Tools In this video we look at how to “hook” with your ice tools. Hooking is useful when the ice...
11 - Ice Climbing - Falling Considerationsvideo

Ice Climbing: 11. Falling Considerations

  11. Falling Considerations In this video we talk about the risk of a leader fall—which is particularly dangerous on ice. Falling with so many sharp...
12 - Ice Climbing - Hooking lead rope on ice toolvideo

Ice Climbing: 12. Hooking the Lead Rope on the Ice Tool

  12. Hooking the Lead Rope on the Ice Tool DANGER! This is an advanced technique that is hotly debated among strong ice climbers, and is...
13 - Ice Climbing - Placing Ice Screwsvideo

Ice Climbing: 13. Placing Ice Screws

  13. Placing Ice Screws In this video we look at how to place ice screws. Ice screws offer protection for the lead climber in the...
14 - Ice Climbing - Securing belay at anchorvideo

Ice Climbing: 14. Securing the Belayer at the Anchor

  Ice Climbing: 14. Securing the Belayer at the Anchor In this video we review how to secure the belayer at the anchor. This is similar...
15 - Ice Climbing - Sharpening Crampons and Ice Axesvideo

Ice Climbing: 15. Sharpening Crampons and Ice Tools

  15. Sharpening Crampons and Ice Tools In this video we discuss the importance of sharpening crampons and ice tools and crampons. Crampon: All points of the...
16 - Ice Climbing - Creating v-thread anchorsvideo

Ice Climbing: 16. Creating V-Thread Anchors

  16. Creating V-Thread Anchors In this video we review how to create, and rappel from, a v-thread anchor. A v-thread anchor is drilled into the...

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