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granite_grrl


Jan 19, 2009, 4:40 AM
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Harness for ice climbing
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What harness do other ladies here use when ice climbing? A couple of years ago I picked up a BD Blizzard, but now I am finally admitting that the short rise is a real problem for me. Otherwise its a great harness, and I'll miss not having a harness ment to be set up with ice clippers, but the thing just isn't comfortable.

So I'm thinking of getting another fully adjustable harness, but with a longer rise. I'll also be adding the BD ice clippers, so good, easy racking for lead is also something to consider.

Edit: please note I already have a seperate harness for rock climbing (arc'teryx isis), the harness I'm thinking of replacing would only be for ice climbing.


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tigerlilly


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I'm using a WC Syncho Elite for ice, but it's a unisex and so may have too short a rise for you. I don't know if the women's version is Ice Clipper friendly. The Synchro will hold 5 of 'em, 2 each side, and one on the back right, with a full-strength haul loop at the back left. If the leg loops were more comfy, this would be my do-everything harness.

Kathy


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smallclimber


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I have the black diamond "bod" for ice climbing and mountaineering. It is good as it has clips to do up the leg loops so you can take it on and off with crampons on easily. However the small size only has two gear loops and they sit very close to the harness so its hard to rack stuff with gloves on. Larger sizes have 4 loops but they still are a bit snug for putting gear on, but maybe with those ice screw racking things would be OK. Nice and light as well.


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I have been using the PETZL luna but I just got a PETZL calidris for Multi pitch and hanging belays which I'm going to try on the ice, because the gear loops are HUGE so it will be super easy to clip screws and stuff on as well as like the luna being adjustable, not too absorbent and having the Clipper/ caritool slots.


reno


Jan 22, 2009, 10:59 PM
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GG:

No harness suggestions here (1, I've a different body shape than you, and 2, I love my BD Blizzard.)

Rather, a question: for what are you using your ice clippers? Tools, or screws? Both?

I ask because BD makes a tool holster that might allow you to expand your harness options.

Perhaps something worthy of consideration. I rack my screws on a single biner to the regular gear loops, and use my ice clippers to hold tools on a rappel, walk off, or at a belay when I don't feel confident sticking them in the ice (read: thin ice.)

Just thinking a'loud.


granite_grrl


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I use the clippers for racking screws, and then at the end of the pitch there's normally still room on them for my tools for the rap (regardless if I'm leading or seconding).

For the first season I used my Arcteryx Isis for ice climbing and it wasn't too bad attaching a clipper there, more so I want to make sure the gear loops are large enough to deal with all my gear (a big gripe of mine about harnesses regardless, I'm a harness racker when trad climbing). I like to have a different harness for ice because I can size it larger and get buckled leg loops too.


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