Rock vs ice climbing

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Re: Rock vs ice climbing

Postby naruto100 » Sun Apr 23, 2017 1:22 pm

Nice to read all those responses. Some of them are quite interesting. So far I have never experience with snow climbing. Though I have went to one place with lots of snow. I have walked some distance in snow and I remember it was quite difficult to walk in it because of slippery and my shoes was getting inside the deep snow so it was hard to walk even small distance. So I have no experience of climbing but I guess it should be quite hard than normal one.

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Re: Rock vs ice climbing

Postby Ray1 » Wed Apr 26, 2017 2:52 pm

naruto100 wrote:Nice to read all those responses. Some of them are quite interesting. So far I have never experience with snow climbing. Though I have went to one place with lots of snow. I have walked some distance in snow and I remember it was quite difficult to walk in it because of slippery and my shoes was getting inside the deep snow so it was hard to walk even small distance. So I have no experience of climbing but I guess it should be quite hard than normal one.


Actually the shoes and other equipment is available on hire basis at every such destination so when you happen to be on any place like these ask for such facilities at tourists' center before going to that place. It doesn't cost you much to hire a gum boot, walking stick, board and ropes but you always your trip more than without these equipment for sure.

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Re: Rock vs ice climbing

Postby naruto100 » Thu Apr 27, 2017 1:35 pm

Ray1 wrote:
naruto100 wrote:Nice to read all those responses. Some of them are quite interesting. So far I have never experience with snow climbing. Though I have went to one place with lots of snow. I have walked some distance in snow and I remember it was quite difficult to walk in it because of slippery and my shoes was getting inside the deep snow so it was hard to walk even small distance. So I have no experience of climbing but I guess it should be quite hard than normal one.


Actually the shoes and other equipment is available on hire basis at every such destination so when you happen to be on any place like these ask for such facilities at tourists' center before going to that place. It doesn't cost you much to hire a gum boot, walking stick, board and ropes but you always your trip more than without these equipment for sure.


It wasn't climbing so I don't know about other equipments. But we had those big rubber shoes for us so that our normal shoes don't get wet in the snow. It was working well in compare to normal shoes, but still the snow was quite deep so that even with that shoes it wasn't that easy to walk.

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Re: Rock vs ice climbing

Postby Ray1 » Fri Apr 28, 2017 1:43 pm

naruto100 wrote:
Ray1 wrote:
naruto100 wrote:Nice to read all those responses. Some of them are quite interesting. So far I have never experience with snow climbing. Though I have went to one place with lots of snow. I have walked some distance in snow and I remember it was quite difficult to walk in it because of slippery and my shoes was getting inside the deep snow so it was hard to walk even small distance. So I have no experience of climbing but I guess it should be quite hard than normal one.


Actually the shoes and other equipment is available on hire basis at every such destination so when you happen to be on any place like these ask for such facilities at tourists' center before going to that place. It doesn't cost you much to hire a gum boot, walking stick, board and ropes but you always your trip more than without these equipment for sure.


It wasn't climbing so I don't know about other equipments. But we had those big rubber shoes for us so that our normal shoes don't get wet in the snow. It was working well in compare to normal shoes, but still the snow was quite deep so that even with that shoes it wasn't that easy to walk.

I suggest you to use a sledging board next time which is lot of fun. I generally take one and climb to the top of higher point and then sledge down controlling the speed with my toes. I remember the time when I did this the entire snowing season in Gulmarg and Khilanmarg in Kashmir during my stay there for a fortnight. I also remember that how the door was opened by the caretaker by cutting the snow/ice which fell overnight. That was a wonderful camping experience in snow clad Gulmarg.

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Re: Rock vs ice climbing

Postby naruto100 » Sat Apr 29, 2017 3:31 pm

Ray1 wrote:I suggest you to use a sledging board next time which is lot of fun. I generally take one and climb to the top of higher point and then sledge down controlling the speed with my toes. I remember the time when I did this the entire snowing season in Gulmarg and Khilanmarg in Kashmir during my stay there for a fortnight. I also remember that how the door was opened by the caretaker by cutting the snow/ice which fell overnight. That was a wonderful camping experience in snow clad Gulmarg.


That sounds really fun. Actually I have seen other people doing that thing at Rohtang pass. But I thought we should need some skill or experience for doing that. So I avoid it. Do you think anyone can do it without experience? I mean its speed way quite quick so it was looking hard to me.

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Re: Rock vs ice climbing

Postby Ray1 » Sun Apr 30, 2017 12:46 pm

naruto100 wrote:
Ray1 wrote:I suggest you to use a sledging board next time which is lot of fun. I generally take one and climb to the top of higher point and then sledge down controlling the speed with my toes. I remember the time when I did this the entire snowing season in Gulmarg and Khilanmarg in Kashmir during my stay there for a fortnight. I also remember that how the door was opened by the caretaker by cutting the snow/ice which fell overnight. That was a wonderful camping experience in snow clad Gulmarg.


That sounds really fun. Actually I have seen other people doing that thing at Rohtang pass. But I thought we should need some skill or experience for doing that. So I avoid it. Do you think anyone can do it without experience? I mean its speed way quite quick so it was looking hard to me.

Yes this one is good for anyone (even for children over 6-7) if the slopes are not too sharp. I remember a time when I came down with such a speed that I almost hit the wooden fencing in Gulmarg. However, that was nothing serious or did not stop me from doing it again and again.I also remember that taking the board up was an unpleasant job that took lot of time but sliding down was fun which lasted just for few minutes only.

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Re: Rock vs ice climbing

Postby naruto100 » Sun Apr 30, 2017 2:02 pm

Ray1 wrote:
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Ray1 wrote:I suggest you to use a sledging board next time which is lot of fun. I generally take one and climb to the top of higher point and then sledge down controlling the speed with my toes. I remember the time when I did this the entire snowing season in Gulmarg and Khilanmarg in Kashmir during my stay there for a fortnight. I also remember that how the door was opened by the caretaker by cutting the snow/ice which fell overnight. That was a wonderful camping experience in snow clad Gulmarg.


That sounds really fun. Actually I have seen other people doing that thing at Rohtang pass. But I thought we should need some skill or experience for doing that. So I avoid it. Do you think anyone can do it without experience? I mean its speed way quite quick so it was looking hard to me.

Yes this one is good for anyone (even for children over 6-7) if the slopes are not too sharp. I remember a time when I came down with such a speed that I almost hit the wooden fencing in Gulmarg. However, that was nothing serious or did not stop me from doing it again and again.I also remember that taking the board up was an unpleasant job that took lot of time but sliding down was fun which lasted just for few minutes only.


Yes in my case too speed was really fast. As I said I saw it in Rohtang pass. Few people were doing it and it was looking risky to me. As they were doing it from quite height and slope was quite long and deep. So I didn't tried it. I guess I should have tried it. I will do it for next time for sure.


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