23 Jan '13, 3pm

Dakota Jones shares insight he's gained while ice climbing in preparation for alpinism.

Jones’s background would perhaps point to a different, even more deified alpinist – this one more august than Steck – Reinhold Messner. Messner, by all accounts a great technical climber with many first ascents on rock and ice in the Alps and the Dolomites to his name, is nevertheless remembered mostly for his less-technical routes, such as his oxygen-less solo ascent of Mt. Everest. Much of Messner’s indefatigable strength at altitude is credited to his training at lower elevations; in one of his books he tells of training in northern Italy and ascending 4,000 or more feet on foot in an hour. Even by the standards of a dedicated runner, this seems impressive (or maybe I’m just slow), and the Dakota Joneses, Anton Krupickas, and Kilian Jornets of the world can definitely move faster than even him (didn’t Krupicka climb the first 6000 feet in 1:08 or something like that at ...

Full article: http://www.irunfar.com/2013/01/ice-climbing.html

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