The North Face Ice Project Pack

Some folk built like this, some folk built like that But the way I’m built, Don’t you call me fat Because I’m built for comfort, I ain’t built for speed But I got everything, oh, that a good girl need Howlin Wolf:  Built for Comfort The North Ice Project is definitely a pack that is… Continue reading The North Face Ice Project Pack

Alaska!!! Ham & Eggs on the Moose’s Tooth

Food and supplies for our Moose's Tooth Climb

In 2014, I had a trip to Alaska planned, to climb the Ham & Eggs route on the Moose’s Tooth.  However, icefall closed down the glacier landing access, and the trip got cancelled. I scheduled another trip to Moose’s Tooth for May of 2015, and kept my fingers crossed, hoping for good conditions. The trip… Continue reading Alaska!!! Ham & Eggs on the Moose’s Tooth

Winter Climbing Gear Update: Petzl and Salewa Ice Screws

Ice Screws: Salewa Quick Screw and Petzl Laser Speed Light The winter of 2014-15 was something of a disappointment for those of us living in the Mountain West.  Temperatures were warm.  Precipitation was scarce, and often fell in the form of rain instead of snow.  Here in Utah, the ice climbing season was short and… Continue reading Winter Climbing Gear Update: Petzl and Salewa Ice Screws

Mount Helen, Tower 1 Gully

Google Earth Image of Mount Helen's Tower 1 Gully

September 25-27, 2014 Tower 1 Gully on Mount Helen is considered the premier alpine ice climb in Wyoming’s Wind River Range.  It’s a long, moderate alpine ice route that has been on my hit list for a while.  Opportunities for climbing ice in the fall are not that common in my area of the country,… Continue reading Mount Helen, Tower 1 Gully

Desert Ice Climbing: Hidden Haven Falls

The first ice step, at the entrance to Hidden Haven

Hidden Haven is a red rock canyon in southern Utah.  It’s not far from Parowan, on the road to Brian Head ski resort.  In winter, the falls at the top of this narrow canyon freezes up, providing one of the most aesthetic ice climbs I’ve ever experienced.  I’m used to climbing frozen waterfalls, but climbing… Continue reading Desert Ice Climbing: Hidden Haven Falls

E Climb Klau Aluminum Ice Screws

The E-Climb “Klau” ice screw is not widely available in the United States.  As of this date, I couldn’t find a single U.S. seller.  I ended up ordering the screws directly from Spain, where E-Climb is headquartered.  E-Climb Website HERE  The E-Climb Klau screw has a couple of features that make it different from most… Continue reading E Climb Klau Aluminum Ice Screws