Ice climbing continues to grow more popular every year. Advances in equipment and technique have helped make the sport accessible to a wide variety of outdoor enthusiasts. How to Ice Climb! is the most complete and up-to-date reference available on the sport. Accomplished climbing instructors Nate Fitch and Ron Funderburke provide all the information beginners need to get into ice climbing, as well as many valuable tips that the experts will appreciate, too. Starting with an overview of the history of ice climbing, the authors move on to cover clothing, gear, approach strategies, avalanche safety, snow climbing, frontpointing, overhanging ice, mixed climbing, hazards….all facets of ice climbing are thoroughly examined and explained. Full color photos complement the text to make How to Ice Climb! the most complete resource available.
Nate Fitch is a faculty member of the outdoor education department at the University of New Hampshire where he teaches climbing classes. He is active with the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA), where he is a climbing wall instructor provider and a single pitch instructor assistant provider.
Ron Funderburke is an AMGA-certified rock guide, and the national discipline coordinator for the AMGA single pitch instructor program. He is the head guide at Fox Mountain Guides and Climbing School and is a senior climbing specialist at the North Carolina Outward Bound School. Ron was a contributing editor on Rock Climbing: The AMGA Single Pitch Manual (Falcon).