How to Grip an Ice Ax: Self Belay and Self Arrest

As cool and shiny as a brand-new ice ax looks strapped to the back of your hiking pack, occasionally you’ll have to take it off and actually put it to work. Like any tool, it’s only an asset if you know how to use it. There are many techniques and methods for employing an ice ax to aid progress in the mountains, but let’s start at the beginning: the two basic ways of holding it.

Leave No Trace Ethics for Winter/Spring

by Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics Winter is a wonderful time to experience the outdoors. Many find that winter offers solitude, scenic beauty, and a chance to hone outdoor skills. But, with winter use on the rise, users … Continued

Ice Festivals: Gatherings of the Tribe

Fests serve as the quintessential Gathering of the Tribe, a (slightly) more tame version of the annual Rendezvous made famous by mountain men in the early 1800s. It’s a time to get together over a few beers, swap stories, celebrate accomplishments, rub shoulders with famous climbers, learn or practice a new skill, scope out fresh gear, make plans, and connect with friends new and old. You can seek a dozen laps on pristine ice most weekends. You can only find such an atmosphere at a fest.