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    Best Ice Climbing Gear

    Lighten up your kit for faster ascents.

    Berne Broudy

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    Beal Gully 7.3mm Unicore rope

    The lightest and thinnest half-rope on the market, the Gully 7.3 (from $180) is 98 percent water-repellent. The core and sheath are bonded to eliminate slippage, keeping innards intact even with a core shot. Also certified as a twin rope.

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    Mammut Ultimate Nordpfeiler jacket

    Cut specifically with ice climbing in mind, the stretchy Nordpfeiler ($350) soft shell is long in the arms and torso. Oversize pockets are fully accessible even when you’re wearing a backpack and harness. Gore’s Windstopper fabric keeps out the gusts and flakes of ice.

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    Mammut El Cap helmet

    This durable lid provides complete protection—the brim actually blocks shedding now. The low-profile design ensures it will take up a minimum of pack space. $70,

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    La Sportiva Nepal Cube GTX boots

    Weighing less than two pounds per boot, the Cube GTX ($575) is impressively supportive and durable. The waterproof leather-and-microfiber boot body has exceptional ankle flexion, and the Gore-Tex lining kept climbers dry and warm even during last winter’s cold snaps.

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    Cassin Blade Runner crampons

    An innovative sliding heel makes the Blade Runner ($350) the first adjustable crampon for asymmetrical boots that also locks rigid. With interchangeable front points and optional snow points, it’s up for ice climbing or mountaineering.

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    The North Face Ice Project pack

    Designed by Conrad Anker, the Ice Project ($200) is the best ice-cragging pack we’ve ever seen. It opens like a suitcase, there are pockets for all your tools, and the ice-screw carrier snaps to an oversize crampon pocket.

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    Arc'teryx Alpha Comp pants

    The light and stretchy Alpha Comp ($300) has waterproof panels in the rear, thighs, and cuffs to protect you from spindrift and meltwater. The rest is stretchy soft-shell fabric for maximum breathability, cut slim to prevent crampon snag.

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    Grivel Tech Machine ax

    To help prevent ice from dinner-plating on your head during sub-zero climbs, the Tech Machine’s ($250) three-millimeter pick is tapered. It’s also embedded in the head to maximize strength and reduce flex.

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    Petzl Corax harness

    Highly adjustable leg loops and a well-ventilated, supportive waist belt make this the one harness you need for sending ice routes or working on projects year-round. Two rigid gear loops are easy to manipulate with gloves on, and two ice-clipper loops hold a ’biner for easy screw racking. $65,

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