Ice Climbing


Dec 14, 2009
Outside Magazine
Ice Climbing


1. Patagonia Speed Ascent Pants
You don't have to be cold, actually. The water-resistant, stretchy, and fleece-lined Speed Ascents have articulated knees and zip cuffs big enough to fit over an ice boot. The suspenders are removable. $325;

2. Marmot Ellsworth Jacket
This nylon-shell synthetic-fill jacket is super-durable—after 60 days of wear, it still looked new. A large, stretchy internal stuff pocket holds your climbing gloves while you're belaying. $190;

3. Petzl Nomic Axes
With removable head weights, this leashless tool can handle both ice and mixed routes. The ergonomic, insulated handle has an adjustable pommel—tune it to your hand size—and the low-profile pick is tapered to 3mm for maximum ice sink. $299 each;

4. Outdoor Research Alpine Alibi Glove
Supple leather palms give these dexterous, waterproof-breathable gloves a Spider-Man-like grip—without gluing you to the ax shaft. Plastic patches on four knuckles protect them from wear and tear. Bonus: There are two internal heat-pack pockets. $169;

5. Kayland 6001 Boot
The integrated gaiter bumps up weatherproofing and warmth on these breathable (eVent), PrimaLoft-insulated, fully rigid boots. Automatic-crampon compatible. $550;

6. Black Diamond Cyborg Crampon
Now in rust-free stainless steel, Black Diamond's bestselling crampon is lighter, with built-in anti-balling plates and a low-profile, micro-adjust heel lever to fine-tune fit. $200;

7. Wild Country 360° Helmet
One size, with a quick-dial, glove-friendly adjuster. $55;

8. Mammut Hermes Harness
Edge tape disperses the load across the whole surface of the belt, so this four-season harness never gets uncomfortable, even on long routes. $80;