It is the time of year to focus in. The ice climbing game is one that should never be taken lightly. Sharp tools in hand, spikey crampons on the feet, a rack of razor sharp ice screws hanging from the harness and a medium of ice that is somewhat unpredictable will certainly keep one on there toes.

Winter is here and its the time to get out and enjoy the amazing world of ice. The season is two to three months long in these parts and you got to get after it while you can. With that said one should be prepared in so many ways. Many would agree that the mental game comes first – a focused mind with a calm cool head in a requirement for leading ice. Sound and tested equipment will help prepare one for a tough demanding pitch or route. Then there is the physical training for the body – running or cardio, stretching and yoga, lots of rock climbing equals the needed power to burn on a steep ice pitch.

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Here are the Petzl Nomics in action – the finest ice tools of the trade.

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Aubrey sampling the first sticks of the season. Felt a bit rough at first but came together quickly by days end.

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Working the Petzl Ergos into the ice.

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Tools in hand and sharp crampons on the feet – got to connect as this ice is slippery for sure.

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Oh yeah – Hanging on by a Moment – a fine ice line. Aubrey finessing the moves on ice.

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Sports action here as Aubrey tops out on the pillar.

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Many fine years climbing together – the A Team!

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The ice screw window – be creative to fine solid gear.

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Aubrey and I enjoyed a fun season opener together. There will be more for us this winter stay tuned.

Thanks Aubrey,

Art Mooney