It]s not for everyone, but ice climbing is an essential skill for mountaineering. Read this book before you begin lessons, to better understand your instructor. Discover a sport synonymous with adventure, strength, endurance, perseverance, and daring. Read and understand ice conditions. Implement ice climbing tools such as crampons, ice axes, and pitons. Use snow, ice, and rocks as anchors while climbing and essential knowledge to climb vertical and overhanging ice.McMullen, John is the author of 'Basic Essentials of Climbing Ice' with ISBN 9780934802871 and ISBN 0934802874.