Ice Climbing

Gear Review: Black Diamond Cobra Ice tool

Review by Kyle Mattingly: Material: [Shaft] carbon fiber; [Pick] steel Length: 50cm Pick Included: Laser Leash Included: No, Fang and Strike included Weight: 21oz (608g) Recommended Use: Ice, mixed, alpine climbing Manufacturer Warranty: 1 Year Summary A carbon fiber leashless ice tool with more clearance then any other tool out there…I’m sold! My first impression...

CMC Ice Block week one and two

Students Climbing Chalk Falls near Leadville It’s been an extremely busy few weeks for me teaching a CMC twelve day Ice Climbing Leadership Block in Leadville, Vail and Lake City. This unique program is schedule with one 3 day weekend, then two 4-day sessions. I know the snow has probably been spectacular in CB, but...

Headed to Leadville…

I’ve had a great couple of days of teaching some truly motivated and inspired students in two very different activities. On Friday, fellow Crested Butte Mountain Guide Ian Hatchett and I made the short drive down to the Lake City Ice Park to teach an Ice Climbing Instructor course for the Wilderness Persuits program at...