Sharp axes, crampons and safety equipment are all essential for ice climbing – especially a helmet to protect you from falling chunks of ice of varying sizes. Photo: Alamy

Explainer: the thrills of ice climbing and how to get started – just a sense of adventure needed

From China to the Canadian Rockies, ice climbing is a popular niche in the mountaineering world. We talk to the people who find joy in scaling frozen waterfalls and ice-coated crags as they make their sub-zero ascents

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Sharp axes, crampons and safety equipment are all essential for ice climbing – especially a helmet to protect you from falling chunks of ice of varying sizes. Photo: Alamy
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