Explaining the Triangle Position in Ice Climbing

Ice Climbing pic

Ice Climbing
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An outdoorsman, Edwin Hammond Meredith is a professional chef who plies his trade in the Florida Keys. In addition to enjoying water sports, Edwin Hammond Meredith goes ice climbing when he gets the opportunity.

The triangle position is one of the fundamental techniques that ice climbers need to master if they are to stay safe. It offers increased efficiency and stability in climbing through the use of a simple sequence of movements that involve the proper manipulation of the climber’s center of mass, his crampons, and his ice tools.

To begin, the climber will position himself on the ice with feet approximately shoulder-width apart and tools above the head, in line with the belly button and staggered, which means one will be stuck in the ice lower than the other.

With knees bent and hips drawn forward, the climber will then briefly hang, with a straight arm, from the highest ice tool, with feet aligned below it. Small upward steps are taken until the climber’s shoulder is aligned with the lower ice tool, at which point he spreads out his legs again while keeping the belly button aligned with the higher tool.

To complete the sequence, the lower ice tool will then be loosened and placed above the climber’s head and the other tool. The triangle position sequence is then restarted based on this new tool positioning.


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