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1 MAKALU BOOTS


BY LA SPORTIVA $305, SPORTIVA.COM Stiff-soled hiking or mountaineering boots are required. La Sportiva’s Makalu model offers a classic design with a leather upper and a full- steel shank. The sole is contoured to accept crampons and hold them on tight.


2CYBORG CRAMPONS


BY BLACK DIAMOND $200, BLACKDIAMONDEQUIPMENT.COM Strap-on boot spikes give your feet purchase on ice. Kick straight in and balance on the front points of the Cyborg Crampons, a rigid set from Black Diamond. They mate with any hard- soled mountaineering boot, and stainless steel construction means the crampons will not rust.


3WARRANT GLOVES


BY OUTDOOR RESEARCH $145, OUTDOORRESEARCH.COM Grip tight! You need dexterity, warmth and a firm hold on the ice-tool shaft. Outdoor Research sells its Warrant Gloves as ice climbing-specific handwear. They have a leather palm for grip, PrimaLoft insulation for warmth and a waterproof/breathable GORE-TEX insert to keep hands dry in the icefall drips.


4XENOS HARNESS


BY BLACK DIAMOND $130, BLACKDIAMONDEQUIPMENT.COM Tie in with a made-for-winter climbing harness. The Xenos model from Black Diamond is constructed of thin materials that will not easily ice up. Multiple gear loops and ice-screw holder slots let you rack requisite equipment onto this harness for a serious climb.


5ELIOS HELMET


BY PETZL $66, PETZL.COM Falling ice chunks make helmets 100 percent mandatory. The Elios from Petzl is light, weighing only 300 grams. Made of an ABS plastic shell with a foam liner, it passes all standard mountaineering safety certifications. Ventilation slots open or close to help regulate heat.


BY METOLIUS $239, METOLIUSCLIMBING.COM Dripping ice climbs require a “dry” rope — essentially a rope with fibers treated to resist water. Metolius makes a model that fits the bill with its 9.2 Monster Rope, a dynamic cord that measures 9.2mm thick and comes in 60- or 70-meter lengths.


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7VIPER ICE TOOLS


BY BLACK DIAMOND $240 each; BLACKDIAMONDEQUIPMENT.COM One ax for each hand, the sharp pick of an ice tool penetrates the face of a frozen waterfall and holds secure. Black Diamond’s Viper Ice Tool is a solid choice — an aluminum shaft, stainless steel head and (included) replaceable chromoly steel pick make up a system proven on steep ice for beginner and advanced climbers alike.


LEARN MORE about how you can get started ice climbing with Scouts — including a list of council camps with ice-climbing programs — at scouting magazine.org/iceclimbing.


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