Fixing an ice climbing towerThursday, May 20th, 2010 with Comments Off

What does an ice climber do during the summer? An obvious answer would be rock climbing, but in this case we spent the day fixing our ice climbing tower for the next season. Besides I don’t climb rock that much anyways. The weather was nice, as was the company and we got most of the […]

In search for ideal ice climbing gloveMonday, May 10th, 2010 with Comments Off

One of the most difficult issues in terms of ice climbing related gear is the selection of right gloves. Over the years I have tried dozens of different gloves in all sorts of climbing conditions. I have climbed with my friends in temperatures ranging from +5 to -30 degrees in Celsius. We have climbed in […]

Kebne Easter Ski Touring and Climbing 2010Sunday, May 2nd, 2010 with Comments Off

Here are few images from the Kebne Easter Ski Touring and Climbing 2010 event. I originally had a plan to stay there for two weeks, but had to cut it short. Still, we had an opportunity climb to Kebnekaise South Peak, do couple of ski touring trips and climb some ice in Tarfala and Skarttacohkka. […]

Weak spots of quality gearSunday, May 2nd, 2010 with 1 Comment »

Some time ago I reviewed Wild Country Helium quickdraws. At the time I just couldn’t find anything negative on them. I’ve used the quickdraws happily ever after. They’ve been great, but since the first article I have discovered some weaknesses too. The realization of the fact that quite a few pieces of quality gear also […]

Review – Black Diamond First ShotSunday, May 2nd, 2010 with Comments Off

For some reason descending using Abalakov thread (v-thread) is always kind of exciting experience. Though it is known, when created properly, Abalakov thread is as safe as any ice protection; it just does not feel as secure as hanging in a screw. In an Abalakov thread one of the biggest question marks, from reliability stand […]