Pippa Biddle

Kicking crampons into ice is not comfortable. After a long day of climbing your feet are somewhere between freezing and numb. Your hands are clutching your ice tools way too hard and your arms are shaking from exhaustion. Ice climbing is one of the few sports that I can think of in which the things that pose the biggest danger to you are also the things that you are counting on to keep you safe. With a pair of razor sharp crampons strapped onto each foot and a grim reaper-esque ice tool in each hand you slowly crawl your way up frozen cliffs and waterfalls. When you first start out your breath is shaky and your arms get pumped quickly. As you get into the zone your breath matches with each swing and kick, you loosen your arms which makes the ice tool stick better, and every now and then…

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