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SKI WAXING Q&A

SKI WAXING Q&A

The non pattern sections should still be glide waxed for optimal performance. Even the pattern should occasionally be given a going over with a paste glide wax to prevent snow balling up underfoot. This is because a solid wax melted into a pattern will just fill it up, negating any traction completely.
BLUE LAKE ICE CLIMBING

BLUE LAKE ICE CLIMBING

This is a wonderful glacial remnant; the terminal moraine wall of a long gone glacier creates the barrier that allowed the lake to form. Although blue in summer, wintertime saw something more akin to a moonscape. The lake was like a white flat crater, surrounded by black cliffs encrusted with snow and ice.
SLABS: ADORED AND EXPLORED

SLABS: ADORED AND EXPLORED

Small wires can at times be a little tricky to place in seams and cracks of a highly crystalline nature (particularly when new), and it is therefore strongly recommended that climbers practise their placements thoroughly before launching up any of the local test pieces.
DOUBLE ROPE TECHNIQUE

DOUBLE ROPE TECHNIQUE

When dealing with dubious rock, or protection that is somewhat less than confidence inspiring, double ropes allow numerous pieces of backup or directional gear to be easily arranged (without rope drag lifting it out) distributing the force of a fall between ropes and equipment, reducing the impact on everything. Double ropes also provide additional security and confidence when climbing in areas with sharp rock, such as slate, limestone or quartzite.