Top Five Favorite Ice Climbing Spots in The World

The most famous ice climbing and mountaineering terrain in the world. Mt. Washington draws climbers from all over the world and serves as both a training ground and proving ground for winter ice climbing enthusiasts. Variety of terrain, easy access to challenging ice climbing areas, and beautiful landscapes are but a few reasons why many well known climbers now call the White Mountains their home.

The big ice formations, that occur around waterfalls, cliffs, and rock slabs are some of the most incredible sights to be seen in the wintertime. But, these ice formations are more than just pretty spectacles to appreciate from afar. To some, when winter hits, and water freezes over, a playground is made. Ice climbers find the best places in the world to climb those epic ice formations. It can be dangerous, and alpine ice is somewhat unpredictable. But, to reach the top of an ice fall is an incredibly rewarding experience.                               Ice Climbing Spots

Drakensberg

Among the best spots for ice climbing is the southern Drakensberg, which has several routes ranging in difficulty from a fairly simple but slippery walk to advanced climbs that will challenge even the most experienced ice climbers.Three of the most popular routes in the Drakensberg offer a range of conditions and technical demands. The Sani Pass is the most accessible of the routes and the one most suitable for beginners, with short easy climbs on trails that are semi-protected from the elements.

Chamonix, France

If you fancy something challenging and really different, test yourself vertically with a short course in ice-climbing on spectacular icefalls (frozen waterfalls) between December and March. For many courses you don’t need previous knowledge of rock ice climbing (although it helps!).Beginners’ courses are available in most places where ice conditions allow.Ice-climbing can be dangerous and does require expert instruction and a certain degree of fitness, as scaling a frozen waterfall is a tiring, if exhilarating, experience.

Ontario, Canada

Ice climbing is similar to rock ice climbing, except that you climb frozen waterfalls. These sheets of blue ice are up to 12 feet thick, with heights of between 60 and 400 feet. Ontario boasts hundreds of climbs, but many are so remote that they can only be reached on foot or by snowmobile. It is worth the effort, however, to experience this thrilling adventure travel.

Ouray, Colorado

There you are at the November PCS meeting and the up coming ice climbing season is being discussed.† Suddenly you notice anew member attending the meeting and at first glance it is he/she/it/non-gender. specific attractive person/barnyard animal/whatever of your dreams.† You decideto take the opportunity to impress /she/it/non-gender specific attractive person/barnyard animal/whatever (got to keep this politically correctÖ) with a discussion of ice climbing and a possible invitation to the first ice trip of the season in December.

Valdez, Alaska

Valdez has a long history of sought out ice climbing. Since the 1970s, world-class climbers have come to visit the multi-pitch blue ice in Keystone Canyon. Other climbs include the Mineral Creek, Solomon Gulch, Hole in the Wall, Sheep Creek, and more. Climbers are always setting new routes or exploring the famed classic climbs.

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Most Popular Ice Climbing Spots in The World

Rock climbing not extreme enough? Want to add freezing temperatures and slippery walls to the mix? Ice climbing spots is the pinnacle of extreme sports. Scaling a vertical cliff side covered in ice with nothing but a couple axes and a pair of crampons is not for the faint of heart. While we certainly can’t recommend ice climbing spots to everyone (maybe stick to snowball fights, eh?), we do have mad respect for those of you brave enough (and fit enough) to ascend hundreds of feet into the sky, using a sheet of ice like a ladder. If you’re looking for your next big challenge, here are 5 of the world’s best places to go ice climbing.

The big ice formations, that occur around waterfalls, cliffs, and rock slabs are some of the most incredible sights to be seen in the wintertime. But, these ice formations are more than just pretty spectacles to appreciate from afar.To some, when winter hits, and water freezes over, a playground is made. Ice climbers find the best places in the world to climb those epic ice formations. It can be dangerous, and alpine ice is somewhat unpredictable. But, to reach the top of an ice fall is an incredibly rewarding experience.                                                                                Ice Climbing

Rjukan, Norway

Rjukan, a collection of frozen over waterfalls, offers some incredible climbing that attracts people from all over the globe. From the Krokan ice climb, to the Gorge, there are many gorgeous, world famous climbs that vary in difficulty and length.

Valdez, Alaska

Still in the United States but a bit harder to reach for most American climbers, Valdez, Alaska is located on the northeast side of Prince William Sound. Valdez is the site of dozens of climbing walls and frozen waterfalls. The Keystone Canyon is perhaps the area’s best-known ice-climbing site. The Canyon is loved for its quality, length and accessibility. Keystone’s most popular walls are Keystone Greensteps and Bridalveil Falls.

Ouray, Colorado

Home to the Ouray Ice Park, the man made ice climbing spots venue offers more than 200 named ice and mixed climbs. The park is free and open to the public. There are also plenty opportunities for beginner climbers to hire guide and instructional services. Or check out the biggest Ice Festival in North America, happening January 8th-11th, 2015.

Alps, Switzerland

The world’s best areas for ice climbing is the Swiss Alps. The Alps are full of ski resorts and ice climbing walls, many of which cater heavily to tourists. If you’re a newbie looking for expert guidance, there are a number of ice-climbing locations where experienced climbers will teach you how to scale frozen waterfalls up treacherous mountainsides. One of the premier sites is Kandersteg, which is home to a number of famous routes, primarily in in the mid to higher grades. Kandersteg hosts an annual ice climbing festival as well as a week-long course for experiences climbers.

Top 5 Essential Tips For Desert Hiking

Hiking in the desert is potentially dangerous and can turn life threatening. The temperatures in the desert hiking can move from below freezing to above 150 F within the span of a single day. Before venturing out on a desert hike, make sure you know where you are headed. Be aware of the limitations of a GPS system working in the desert hiking. Do not travel alone. Before going for a desert hike, do let people know where you are going.

Although there are few marked desert hiking trails in Death Valley, adventurous hikers are free to explore nearly anywhere they like. The endless possibilities include remote canyons, mountains and even sand dunes. The desert hiking terrain can be unpredictable and weather changes quickly, so hikers need to be prepared for almost anything.                                        Desert Hiking

First Aid Kit

A basic first aid kit can be your best friend if minor cuts, scraps or other injuries occur. In the event of a major emergency, your first aid kit can be your lifeline. A basic kit may include: elastic bandages, Ace wraps, first aid tape, a pocket knife, itch relief stick, band aids, moleskin, over the counter anti-inflammatory or pain medications, antibiotic wipes, fire-starter (matches or a lighter), a small headlamp or flashlight, a whistle and a small roll of duct tape.

Compass

What good is that map going to do you if you can’t determine where on it you are? That’s where a handy compass comes in, and you’ll need to know how to use it before you head for the trailhead. This top-rated Suunto M-3D Leader Compass has an adjustable declination scale that accounts for the difference between magnetic and true north an important feature to have. In Washington state, magnetic North is 20-22° east of true North. This compass has a lanyard key that adjusts the scale to match your location.

Energy-Loaded Food

Hiking is an endurance sport and what you eat in hot arid weather is important. Energy-loaded food is essential for endurance  but how much to eat depends upon your fitness level, exercise intensity, and hiking trips time. According to the American College of Sports Medicine, endurance athletes should consume 30 to 60 grams (100 to 250 calories) of carbohydrates per hour while exercising.

Water and purification

We’re lucky in the Northwest that sources of freshwater are abundant on many trails, but you shouldn’t just do the dip-and-sip (dipping your Nalgene bottle in a stream and drinking up), at least not if you want to stay healthy. Backcountry water needs to be purified first so it doesn’t make you sick from giardia. Always carry extra water and purification tablets or a water filter with you when you hike. I have used this lightweight Katadyn filter for more than ten years and it’s never let me down.

Layer Your Clothing

Desert temperatures can change drastically and quickly. The best way to be prepared is to dress in layers. Start with a wicking base layer, such as an active t-shirt and bring a warmer midweight layer and a waterproof/windproof top layer for unexpected winds and rain.Choose lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing for the intense heat of the sun and to allow sweat to evaporate. A brimmed hat and sunscreen are also essential desert attire.