ICE HOLDZ - Is a newer product that allows indoor
rock climbers to practice ice climbing indoors. ICE HOLDZ is not
a mis-spelling, it's the name of this new product. Ice Holdz have
been on the market for almost 2 years and is used by competitive
ice climbers to train in the off season and is used by many guides
to train clients new to ice climbing, in the nice climate controlled
atmosphere of the indoor gym, for proper ice tool placement, body
position, and efficient progression. Ice Holdz are very durable,
but not indestructible, with some holds having over 3,000 strikes
to a given hold and still going strong! We have seen many products
come and go that try to replicate ice climbing indoors. After evaluation
this seems like a good product and addition to the Stone Age Rock
Ice climbing is not like rock climbing. Ice climbing requires
specific tools like ice axes and crampons (no crampons indoors).
Ice climbing requires a very different body position than rock climbing.
To climb ice, or ice holds (Ice Holdz), you need to swing the sharp
ice axe to penetrate the ice, or you can make a more delicate hooking
placement on the ice feature or "dry tooling" on the surrounding
rock, or indoor climbing holds.
If you want to give this new feature a try here is what needs
There is a FREE mandatory 30 minute course. We don't care
how much or how little ice climbing you have done. This course
is MANDATORY! (This course will not remain free, take advantage
now) You must be age 13 or older.
You may bring your own ice axes or rent a set at the gym.
If you bring your own they must 1) only have hammers on the
back (absolutely no adze, or remove the adze) 2) we have tennis
balls that will be taped on the hammers (easily removable) 3)
your axes must be leashed or tethered (falling axes could hurt
bystanders or damage the flooring, you must have a wrist leash
or tether for leashless axes), the Stone Age Rock Gym has a
specially designed tether you can rent for leashless axes.
You must wear a helmet (both climber and belayer). The climber
is STRONGLY encouraged to use a face shield. You may bring your
own rock climbing helmet (no non-climbing helmets!) The Stone
Age Rock Gym has helmets with face shields to rent.
You will be climbing in rock climbing shoes. Sorry folks no
plastics, no crampon compatible leather boots, absolutely no
crampons in the gym!
If you have questions please call (860) 645 - 0015 or send an
You are responsible for your own safety and good judgment while
climbing. Climb safely and at your own risk -OR- don't climb. We
will help teach you to engage this sport safely but your good judgment
is the determining factor.
(Print the Waiver and bring it with you to save time. You MUST
have a parent/legal guardian signature if under 18 yrs., No Exceptions,
No neighbor signatures!!)