Ice and Mixed climbing soak up most of the gear that overwhelms my “gear room”. Here’s what I haul out of my house when I head into the mountains…
Ice Climbing-Footwear (more at http://www.scarpa.com)
Redefining mountain performance, this boot is suitable for challenging the most technical routes in cold climates, whether ice cragging or in the high mountains.
In pursuit of the harder “mixed” lines, wearing the Scarpa Phantom ice allows precision and trust with ever foot hold.
Ice Climbing-Gear (more at http://www.petzl.com)
High-end dry tooling and ice climbing axe
The ERGO is the ultimate tool for the most difficult dry tooling pitches and the most unlikely ice columns.
The ultra-curved shaft offers exceptional clearance under the head and allows a wider repertoire of movement.
The adjustable ergonomic handle allows multiple grip positions and limits the risk of pick shift when switching hands. The strong curve of the handle creates an ideal angle for prolonged suspensions and significantly increases power when pulling.
Dry-tooling and ice climbing tool
The NOMIC allows the entire rock climbing repertoire to be transferred to ice. Thanks to its adjustable ergonomic handle, it offers multiple grip modes and limits the risk of snagging when switching hands.
The ICE pick allows easy penetration in any type of ice, and pulls out easily.
The modular head has two removable pick weights to balance the axe and propel it into the ice with an exceptional swing. The NOMIC can also be equipped with a hammer when placing pitons.
Men’s climbing harness with elastic leg loops
The SAMA is the perfect harness for cragging and long routes. The elasticized leg loops stay snug to ensure comfort after a fall and when hanging out at the belay, without constricting movement while climbing. Very breathable for those long, hot days.
Ultra-light multipurpose belay/rappel device
This multi-purpose belay/rappel device is lightweight and easy to use. The asymmetrical V-shaped grooved friction channels adapt the friction on the rope according to its diameter and condition (ARC -Adaptive Rope Control- technology)
Belay device with assisted braking for 8.9 to 11 mm rope
The GRIGRI 2 belay device with assisted braking is designed to facilitate belay maneuvers. The GRIGRI 2 works equally well for lead climbing and top roping. It may be used on all single dynamic 8.9 to 11 mm ropes on the market (ideal at 9.4 mm to 10.3 mm). Both compact and ultra-light, the GRIGRI 2 will accompany you on climbs around the world for many years. The GRIGRI 2 has a new design that allows excellent control during the descent.
9.8mm single rope with Duratec Dry treatment
Tie into the NOMAD for sport climbs, alpine routes, or anything in-between. Thick sheath, superior handling and a well-tuned balance between dynamic elongation and impact force make this a perfect all-around rope.
8.2mm half rope with Duratec Dry treatment
Besides being one of the lightest half ropes on the market, Petzl’s DRAGONFLY is also durable, with over a third of its fiber content in the sheath. Perfect for ice and alpine climbing, mountaineering and wandering rock routes.
METEOR III +
Ultra-light, versatile helmet
Weighing only 235 grams, the METEOR III + sets the standard in terms of lightness and comfort. It is also one of our most ventilated models.
Its innovative adjustment system allows each climber to adjust his/her helmet to head shape. Originally designed for climbing and mountaineering, the METEOR III + also meets the European standards for cycling and whitewater sports.
EXPRESS quickdraw with SPIRIT straight and bent gate carabiners
Mono-point crampon for ice and mixed climbing
The DART is the crampon for extreme mixed and ice climbing. The mono-point is designed to displace less ice and make for precise placements on micro-edges. The third row of points are angled towards the rear for hooking in steep terrain or around ice columns. Ultra-lightweight. Add the optional EPERON heel spur assembly for even more hooking possibilities.
Pear-shaped carabiner for belay stations and belaying with Munter hitch
A large carabiner can come in handy in many places. This one’s shape and size means it’s useful for belaying and rappelling with the Munter hitch with single or double ropes, anchoring multiple ropes and slings and keeping the belay station organized.
Ice screw with integrated handle
For rapid ice protection, there’s nothing faster than the LASER SONIC. The innovative hanger/handle makes placing the screw a breeze, even in the most brittle ice. The design also allows the screw to be removed when still attached to the rope, helping to prevent accidental loss.