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I know everyone is hot to trot for the 2016 ice season to get started, and I’m certainly one of them. I’ve got new picks for my ice tools, sharpened up my screws and crampons, checked over my winter clothing and generally have got everything ready for the upcoming ice season. While the waiting is a bit frustrating, it’s really pretty much the same ever year.
The new X4 Camelots are BD's latest addition to their 4-camming device collection. They claim that they are great for everything from big-wall to your basic day-to-day trad climb. So do they hold up to expectations, can they be a replacement for the classic C4's, and how do they compare to the ever popular C3's?
Girls Prefer Batteries -
The first bolt was placed free on the lead and the others on top rope. The bolts were placed by hand, hence the tongue-in-cheek reference to the girls desiring a battery-powered drill.
Joe Perez on 'A Toltec Dream' (5.7)
Longstack Precipice, near Wolfeboro NH
Selected Ice Conditions effective November 24, 2015
Things are definitely coming along... I walked out the back door this afternoon, after a whole day below 30 degrees, and there is ice coming down on Diagonal and even Repentance! Give it a couple of weeks and things will be happening.
V-thread ice anchors are an easy, secure and inexpensive rappel anchor for ice climbing. In this article I will describe how to make the anchor, how to use it, what kind of gear is needed, and how to make your own tool. Everything about v-threading is easy and they have become popular at ice crags all over the world.
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