January 29, 2012
One of the best ice climbing "schoolrooms" is the box canyon of Champney Falls.
A climber ascending a "mixed climb." Mixed climbing includes not only using the tools to climb ice, but also thin rock features like cracks that are too small for a climber's fingers or hands to grip.
A group of climbers watch a guide lead a climb at Champney Falls. By leading the climb, the guide can set up a "top rope" so the others can climb safely without the risk of falling a great distance.
Climbers top-rope at Champney Falls, a popular practice area off the idyllic Kancamagus Highway.
Secure ice tool placements are essential for safe and successful ice climbing.
Crampons, which are toothed platforms that attach to a climber's boots, allow upward movement on ice that would otherwise not be possible.
A climber ascends a seventy-five foot pillar at Champney Falls.
A climber practices technique on the North End Slabs of Cathedral Ledge, near North Conway, N.H.