Video: The basics of ice climbing: ice screw placement, belays, v-threads - Petzl USA
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Video: The basics of ice climbing: ice screw placement, belays, v-threads

Warnings

  • Read the technical notice before viewing the following techniques.
  • It is important to fully understand the information provided in the technical notice before using this complementary information
  • Mastering these techniques requires training.
  • Consult a professional before attempting to perform these techniques on your own.

When waterfalls freeze and gullies are in shape again in the mountains, ice climbers sharpen the blades of their ice axes and bring out all their winter paraphernalia.

This film presents ice screw placement techniques, the creation of belay stations and abalakovs for ice climbing.

We discuss the technical points, but remember that when ice climbing, it is particularly important to remain very aware of the environment you are progressing through.

The ice quality, its structure, the terrain above, and recent temperature variations are essential factors to consider before committing to an ice climb.