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Ice and Snow Protection Products

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Outdoor Climbing Ice-and-Snow-Protection Crevasse Rescue Kit Petzl
Crevasse Rescue Kit

Essential bit of equipment for Alpine, Glacial and freerider Travel. This kit allows for rapid deployment and use in rescues where someone falls in a crevasse

£71.83 (inc Vat)
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Outdoor Climbing Ice-and-Snow-Protection Quick Screw Salewa
Quick Screw

Salewa Quick Screw is an innovative ice screw with intergral quickdraw and ergonomic handle for quick placement.

£57.59 (inc Vat)
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Outdoor Climbing Ice-and-Snow-Protection Lim'Ice Petzl
Lim'Ice

Sharpener for ice screws

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Outdoor Climbing Ice-and-Snow-Protection Laser Speed Light Ice Screw Petzl
Laser Speed Light Ice Screw

Ultra light weight ice screws with optimised bite into the ice and integrated folding crank to make them easier and faster to screw in.

£48.72 (inc Vat)
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Outdoor Climbing Ice-and-Snow-Protection Laser Speed Ice Screw Petzl
Laser Speed Ice Screw

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Outdoor Climbing Ice-and-Snow-Protection Express Ice Screw Black Diamond
Express Ice Screw

Proven ice screw with colour coded crank handle which is quick to place.

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Outdoor Climbing Ice-and-Snow-Protection Deadman DMM
Deadman

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Outdoor Climbing Ice-and-Snow-Protection Spectre Ice Piton Black Diamond
Spectre Ice Piton

Works well in frozen turf and iced-up cracks, to save time clearing ice only to find that a nut won't fit.

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Outdoor Climbing Ice-and-Snow-Protection Bulldog DMM
Bulldog

When suitable cracks are hard to find for wired nuts etc when on mixed snow an ice climbs, many climbers will seek out fozen turf or an iced up crack and reach for the Bulldog. Updated design for 2012/12.

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Outdoor Climbing Ice-and-Snow-Protection Snow Picket MSR
Snow Picket

Form of Snow Or Ice Protection perfect for Expedition and climbing use. Super durable, strong, efficient and versatile.

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Outdoor Climbing Ice-and-Snow-Protection Terrier DMM
Terrier

Ideal protection for micro-constrictions on mixed snow and ice climbs.

£14.29 (inc Vat)
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Outdoor Climbing Ice-and-Snow-Protection Candela Grivel
Candela

A tool to remove the ice core frozen inside ice screws. Fold-out hook to pull cord through Abalakov anchor (V-thread) and retractable blade to cut cord or sling material. Clip it to your harness.

Ice and Snow Protection

Even in winter when snow covers most of the features of a chosen route, the safest method of fashioning running belays and belays is to find rock. Therefore, it is always worth carrying a range of rock gear, including a handful of pegs for iced cracks. Often, however, the climber will have to resort to the slightly less permanent substance of frozen water for his/her protection.

The range of states that frozen water occurs in requires a wide range of protection devices to make each piece as safe as possible.

Snow Protection

Snow is best used for creating belays by the use of the T-axe method, but in slushy snow deadmen come into their own, although this will still be much poorer than a rock belay. The DMM Deadman has sufficient surface area to provide the best possible safety margin in such circumstances. It can also be used as a snow shovel. You can find more of these in our Avalanche Safety section.

Ice Screws

The "Screw in, screw out" form of ice screw are the most versatile of screws, and represent a significant step forward from the drive-in style. They are good for use in glacial ice and should be carried for the purposes of crevasse rescue. They are less damaging to the snowpack, and therefore wide gauge versions are the best type to use in poor quality ice and in snow (such as that found- if you're lucky- in South Wales). The ease and speed with which they can be placed is very good, as they require no hammering, have many cutting teeth, polished sides, sharp threads and long handles. If things get really thin you can try a DMM Bulldog, but screws are the most important method of protection for waterfall ice climbing.

We also have a range of racking and storage devices for your screws. See the Black Diamond Ice Clipper and Black Diamond Ice Screw Up (we like these, they're better than the name suggests!), Petzl Charlet Ice Flutes and Simond Rack. The Grivel Candela is pretty handy too.

Winter climbing pro is often less reliable than summer pro, and shock absorbing quickdraws (screamers) will play a very important role in protecting yourself. Check out the DMM Ripstop in our Slings and Extenders section. DMM also recommends the use of their Revolvers, as the rotating bearing in the top of the crab will reduce the impact force on your top runner in a fall.

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