With ice climbing season in full swing, Outside Magazine wrote an article focusing on tips from an expert ice climber. Much to my pleasure, I found that the article was about a friend of mine: world renown ice climber, Caroline George who, along with her husband Adam, runs a mountain guide company called Into the Mountains. Aside from Caroline being a confident hard woman on the sharp end of a rope, she is also a fully certified UIAGM-IFMGA mountain guide and is a sponsored athlete with First Ascent/Eddie Bower.
I have had the fortune of crossing paths with Caroline in the mountains as well as many international departure gates. I’ve always admired her drive and ease of well being as she is a great ambassador for the sport. If you hadn’t had the opportunity, please check out this more recent article where Caroline gives ice climbing tips to Outside Gear Girl Guru Stephanie Pearson .
Caroline George Photo By: ANDREW BURR
Caroline George is a professional climber and guide based in Salt Lake City, Utah. On Friday, she’ll be in Hyalite Canyon to teach a women’s-only ice-climbing clinic with Kitty Calhoun as part of the Arc’teryx Bozeman Ice Festival. We caught up with George to get some advice for new and prospective ice climbers.
What’s the appeal of ice climbing?
For me it’s the people and the fun community aspect of the competitions. I also like the medium, even though it’s somewhat less accessible because you have to learn about the structure of the ice and avalanche hazards.
There’s also a masochistic aspect to ice climbing, of course. It’s cold and you’re always in the shade. But it’s one of the most rewarding sports I’ve ever taken part in.
Read the whole interview at Outside Magazine Online.