Funny, I was just thinking about this a couple of days ago. I can , off the couch, with modern tools and pro, get up a hard 4, and with a bit of fitness, a 5, and pretty solid mixed, and this, only getting out less than 15 days a season. This is as hard as I ever climbed, way back in the day. On rock? Whole different story. Used to be able to lead, off the couch, pretty much any 5.11 on site, east or west coast. Hardest on sites were about 12c, trad and sport, both about the same. I think it's VERY safe to say, I will NEVER be able to climb rock that hard, ever again. So.... Is hard ice easy to climb? Compared to rock? For me absolutely. Why?