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The Ultimate Ice Climbing Quiz
by Staff
The sport of Ice climbing evolved out of rock climbing and other mountaineering activities. It is mostly done at chilly, high altitudes. Take this quiz to learn more about the slipperiest climbing sport.

Which among these is a common danger in ice climbing?

  • Will I fall into an icy crevasse?
  • Will I fall into a well?
  • Will I catch heat stroke?

In which year is ice climbing supposed to have begun?

  • 2008
  • 1908
  • 1968

What method did ice climbers use to cut footholds into the snow before crampons were invented?

  • step clearing
  • step climbing
  • step cutting

Who revolutionized the design of ice axes in the 1960s?

  • Yvon Chouinard
  • Jean Luc Goddard
  • François Truffaut

What are the most important pieces of equipment an ice climber needs?

  • snow glasses
  • ice tools
  • tent

What type of ice tool includes a leash that you wrap around your hand to help you keep hold of the tool?

  • wooden ice tool
  • leashless ice tool
  • traditional ice tool

What type of ice tool is easier to switch when you're not tied to your gear?

  • leashless ice tool
  • traditional ice tool
  • wooden ice tool

What type of crampons is suitable for all types of terrain?

  • dual-point crampons
  • mono-point crampons
  • triple-point crampons

What process do ice climbers use to protect themselves from falling?

  • sliding
  • slalom
  • protection

Which is not an important item of safety equipment in ice climbing?

  • cotton jacket
  • cold weather clothing and gloves
  • helmet

What kind of ice forms in the mountains?

  • alpine ice
  • water ice
  • both

What is the ideal temperature to form ice for climbing?

  • 45-60 degrees F
  • 75-90 degrees F
  • 14-30 degrees F

What do you call the phenomenon of ice breaking off in plates when you swing your tool into it?

  • dinner plating
  • dinner timing
  • dinner forming

In which country is the biggest indoor ice-climbing wall in the world?

  • United States
  • United Kingdom
  • United Republic of Tanzania

What is the color of solid ice?

  • red
  • black
  • blue or blue-green

Which technique of ice climbing works best on low-angled slopes?

  • flat flooting
  • flat hoofing
  • flat running

Which technique of ice climbing works best on very steep or vertical terrain?

  • front running
  • front pointing
  • front riding

What is the best way to swing an ice tool?

  • curved swing
  • wild swing
  • straight swing

What is the technical name for anchors cut out of ice?

  • bollard
  • ballard
  • pollard

How many categories is the ice rating system divided into?

  • four
  • three
  • two