ICE & MIXED CLIMBING, Modern Technique By Will Gadd
"Mixed climbing is my favorite discipline. It's the most fun because it has the fewest rules-sort of like professional wrestling compared to boxing." So says Will Gadd, as profiled in Fifty Favorite Climbs. Here the champion ice climber presents the same techniques and veteran wisdom he imparts to those who attend his annual clinics. These include step-by-step instructions for the swing (ice axe), the kick (footwork), and putting it all together (tracking); how to "read" ice to select your line and follow it safely; and drytool techniques for mixed climbing. Training exercises and inspirational stories complete this seminal guide.
Will Gadd won every major ice competition in the world in 1998 and 1999, as well as the 2000 Ice World Cup. A resident of Canmore, Alberta, he has written for Climbing and Rock & Ice, among other publications. Roger Chayer's photos have appeared in Rock & Ice, Climbing, Gripped, Equinox, and the Alpine Club of Canada Journal. He lives in Calgary, Alberta. Will Gadd is an ESPN X Games and Ice World Cup winner.
When we owned Upper LimitsRock Gym, we had Will come in to do a clinic. This was back in 1992 or so and even back then Will was one of the top competition climbers in the United States. His climbing skills were impressive enough, but what stuck with us was his intense earnestness. He had reason to be a little haugthy, but wasn't. I think all that came to the clinic were impressed with Will's ability to teach and his desire to pass on what he knew. Years have passed but a read through this beautifully produced book proves that Will Gadd hasn't changed. He has many gifts to share. Mark