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Cascade Ice Climbing

Pure ice climbing is a surreal experience and is generally on frozen waterfalls. Often the routes we climb are beautiful waterfalls in the summer time. Often they are insignificant dribbles or wet streaks. Ice forms in many different ways and creates many beautiful formations. The angle and shapes of these formations can make routes harder or easier. Learning how to climb and move on these features can take a lot of practice. But it is a lot of fun. A lot of the basic movement techniques are the same as in rock climbing. Chamonix has a bunch of valley ice falls and a few brilliant places for learning. There are also a lot of great routes at all grades. There are many venues for day trips. Cogne is a short drive away in Italy and has very reliable ice climbing all through the winter. 

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Alpine ice and mixed

Chamonix has a lot of amazing lift accessed alpinism. Icy gullies and neve runnels are great to climb. In wintery conditions these fill in the spaces between faces and corners. The bomber grantie walls offer protection, when the ice on the routes gets too thin for screws. There are 2 whole guide books of mixed climbing with thousands of routes. There are many lines around mont blanc du Tacul that are relatively accessible and offer reliable conditions for a lot of the year. Traditionally ideal conditions are in the Autumn and spring time. 

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