Book your course in ice climbing and learn under the guidance of experienced mountain guides. Ice climbing is an extreme sport that you can practice in winter in Switzerland. Equipped with an ice axe and crampons, you climb up a frozen waterfall, ice walls or large icicles. Usually you will find ice walls on glaciated mountains with an inclination of 40° to 90°. Ice screws are used for belaying. Helmet and rope are also part of the safety equipment for ice climbing
Ice climbing is considered a high-risk sport. Therefore, it is very important that you have the right equipment and wear appropriate clothing. In addition, it is essential that you learn the technique and properly secure yourself. This way you can minimize the risk. There are many guided tours and courses. In them you learn the technique as well as a feeling for ice and equipment. So don't climb on your own, but take part in a suitable course or tour
What equipment do I need for ice climbing?
Ice climbing equipment includes: Climbing gear, crampons with anti-slip plate, helmet, rappel device with screw carabiner, webbing sling, ice screw and steep ice equipment. In addition, it is important that you wear appropriate warm and weatherproof clothing and have sunscreen and sunglasses with you.
What requirements do I need to practice ice climbing?
There are no direct prerequisites for ice climbing. However, you should have good physical fitness and definitely be free from vertigo. In general, it helps if you have climbing experience and high altitude touring experience. So you already know how to handle crampons and ice axes
Where can I go ice climbing?
Ice climbing generally takes place on an ice wall. These are often located on glaciated mountains or are frozen waterfalls. In Switzerland, you will find many opportunities to go ice climbing. Popular regions or places are for example Grindelwald, Interlaken, Adelboden and Zermatt