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fresh


Feb 22, 2011, 8:16 AM
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the sounds of ice
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this is my fourth season ice climbing, and for whatever reason the ice has been talking much more loudly than ever before.

the same thing has happened about 8-10 times. I take a swing just like normal, and the ice cracks like a whip. same sound as a dinnerplate, just much louder. however normally I can't find so much as a crack in the ice. once there was about a 3 foot crack right in the surface.

I guess this has happened about 8-10 times this season, compared with one time that I can remember before. usually on brittle ice, but one time on some pretty plastic ice. I've asked a few friends and they've all said something like, "huh. that's weird. <insert change of subject>".

so I guess my question is how often does this happen, and how do people deal with it? my instinct is to run far away (especially on columns), and sometimes I do, but sometimes I just shrug and move on. any thoughts?


gunkiemike


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Real common when there's strain in the ice, as there is after a large temperature swing (esp. downwards).


chossmonkey


May 14, 2011, 1:24 PM
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fresh wrote:
so I guess my question is how often does this happen, and how do people deal with it? my instinct is to run far away (especially on columns), and sometimes I do, but sometimes I just shrug and move on. any thoughts?


Sounds like a good idea.

If its coming from inside it is a sign of instability.


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