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Ryan Stefiuk on using the upper grip on tools.

An excellent article by Ryan Stefiuk of Valley Vertical Adventures on how to match and switch hands while using straighter style ice tools, BD Cobras, Petzl Quarks or Cassin X-All Mountain.

Recently, I’ve watched a lot of beginner ice climbers using their traditional, more straight-shafted tools in an unconventional manner while climbing ice. I’ve seen people liberally using the upper grip on the shaft, grabbing the top of the tool to pull down, pulling on the shaft just below the head and looping the rope through the pinky rest while placing screws.

Read more here….

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