after i signed up for an introduction to iceclimbing course in Chamonix, my climbing friend told me ‘ice climbing is something you do if you enjoy misery’.
picture yourself at the bottom of the ice waterfall, belaying in the cold as the climber hits chunks of ice off with his ice axe. those chunks of ice just keep falling on you but all you can do is wait while he finishes climbing.
not too tempting eh?
but only when iceclimbing can you see images like this:
busted my two big toenails which turned an angry purple at the end of day 1, thanks to a lack of experience and too small boots! i skipped out day 2 and stuffed myself with sufficient aspirin to make the throbbing pain go away and managed to join again for day 3. the other guy in the course is a very proficient climber but luckily he was very accommodating and friendly. my guide, Sebastien from Chamex is excellent, cheeky, knowledgeable and fun. great course!