Ice climbing is exploding in popularity. Advances in equipment and technique have helped make the sport accessible to a wide variety of outdoor enthusiasts- and that's where How to Ice Climb! comes into play. Written for beginners and experts alike, How to Ice Climb! is the most complete and up-to-date instructional manual available. Author Craig Luebben, contributing editor to Climbing magazine, starts with the basics such as equipment, safety, and water ice technique, then moves on to thoroughly cover mixed climbing, alpine climbing, leading, and descending. Luebben had some of the best ice climbers in the country review the text and make contributions; sidebars and chapters by Joe Josephson, Topher Donahue, and Kennan Harvey help make this book a complete package. Also included is an overview of popular North American ice climbing areas.