❰ ICE CLIMBING ❱ Did you know that in Cogne Valley there are over 150 waterfalls of ice that become a paradise for ice climbers! #wearepangaea
📷 // @marc_daviet // It is said to be one of the best spots Europe to ice-climb. The Cogne Valley in Italy is a great playground for those who want to be adventurous in the winter. It works in a similar way to rock climbing but involves a pair of technical ice axes and more clothing to bear the cold!
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➽ A popular saying among ice climbers is that “if you can put a nail in with a hammer, you can go ice climbing” so if you're done with skiing or snowboarding or just looking for a new winter adventure, ice-climbing in Italy could be an amazing shout for you! Of course, a mountain guide is always recommended when doing these super adventurous sports!
•• PANGAEA • PEOPLE • CULTURE • ADVENTURE ••
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A coach I’ve started working with asked me to write down the things I love most about climbing. It was a really fun and positive exercise 😊. Here are mine...what would your reasons be? -Community and socialising: I love the shared endeavour of climbing, the mutual protection and teamwork and it is such a lovely, supportive, happy community of people. -The post climb/trip high: Sometimes when I'm in the mountains I think ' why am I doing this - I'm never doing this stupid s**t again' and within 10 mins of getting down I'm already buzzing and thinking about the next trip. -Connection with nature: I always feel so alive (apart from first thing in the morning on an alpine start :) when I'm out in the hills and mountains and climbing just exaggerates that feeling. It's all about the Alpenglow :) -Building a complex pyramid of skills: For me all of the sport, trad, ice, mountaineering, courses is adding up to an ambition to go really high and I love that feeling of putting all those disciplines together. -Self mastery: I'm only human and I don't like getting really scared :) But when I work on my mind, break the task down, get it under control and get through it the sense of personal self satisfaction and worth is huge -Intellectual: Climbing (particularly trad and apline) really is a 'thinking persons sport' - complex equipment, forces and factors to learn and manage. I get a great satisfaction from understanding how things work and putting them into application to keep myself and others alive in a hostile environment..after all..."gravity never takes a day off" :) -The puzzle of the route: I love the attempts to figure out a way up and unlock the route when at first it seems impossible -Diversity: There are so many different 'climbing' activities that it feels like a sport with such breadth and depth - if one aspect becomes dull, or as the seasons change, there is always another. -Global travel: It's a sport than you can take anywhere and provides a great reason to go to some very cool places and experience culture, language, food, art as well as climbing