So I was talking with someone about the trip report I posted yesterday, and it occurred to me there’s some terminology in there that might need some explaining. So here goes:
POSTHOLING: When you’re walking/climbing through snow and your foot punches through deep into the snow, much like a fence post would do in a posthole. Tiring, not fun.
GLISSADE: To sit down on a snow slope and slide down the slope (hopefully in a controlled manner). People do this because 1. it can be fun and 2. it’s a much faster way to descend than hiking or downclimbing.
CRAMPONS: Metal spikes attached to your boots to assist in getting traction on snow and ice.
ICE AXE: Tool used to help ascend/descend on snow and ice and to self-belay in case of a fall (like using a brake). Which leads to…
BELAY: A safety measure to prevent a fall. Ice tools, ropes and rock climbing hardware are often used to belay climbers.
Man, this list could go on forever. So I’m going to stop and give you this link, if you want to know more about climbing terms: