Book details
Falcon Guides
Page count:
Paperback / softback
9.26 in x 7.63 in

How to Ice Climb!

Tim Banfield,Sean Isaac

About this book

Ice climbing continues to grow more popular every year. Advances in equipment and technique have helped make the sport accessible to a wide variety of outdoor enthusiasts. How to Ice Climb! is the most complete and up-to-date reference available on the sport. Sean Isaac and Tim Banfield provide essential information for beginners and valuable tips for experts. Starting with an overview of the history of ice climbing, the authors move on to cover equipment selection, approach strategies, avalanche safety, hazard management, movement skills, anchor systems, overhanging ice, mixed climbing, and more. All facets of ice climbing are thoroughly examined and explained. Full color photos complement the text to make How to Ice Climb! the most complete resource available.


  • Expert advice
  • Tricks and techniques
  • Full color photos
  • Inspiration and motivation

About this author

Tim Banfield has worked in the adventure photography industry for nine years, gaining experience in his niche—ice climbing—while at the same time writing feature articles that support his photos. As a seasoned climbing photographer, he is passionate about capturing authentic ice and mixed climbing images taken in the moment. In addition to writing and photography, he is also involved in real estate and social media. Outside of the “office”, Tim enjoys climbing for fun, skiing, and taking Instagrams of his dog Trango. Follow along on Instagram at @timbanfield. He lives in Calgary, Alberta.

Sean Isaac is a fully certified Alpine Guide with the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides. He has been ice climbing for 30 years and instructing ice and mixed for the past 20 years. During that time, he has taught more than a thousand people the art of moving over frozen waterfalls. Based in Canmore, Alberta in the Canadian Rockies, Sean was a key member of the modern mixed climbing movement in late 90s and early 2000s establishing classics like Cryophobia, The Asylum, Mixed Monster, Uniform Queen and The Real Big Drip to name a few and repeating test pieces like Musashi (M12). He has competed in the Ice World Cup, Ouray Ice Festival Competition, Bozeman Ice Festival and Festiglace with a handful of podium placements. He has traveled all over the world in search of new routes to the remote ranges of Alaska, Patagonia, Peru, Pakistan and Kyrgyzstan. Sean is also author of several ice and mixed books including Mixed Climbing in the Canadian Rockies by Rocky Mountain Books, Mixed Climbing by Falcon Guides and Ice Climbing Leader Field Handbook by the Alpine Club of Canada. In addition, he has been the editor of the Canadian Alpine Journal for the past 13 years. Follow Sean on FB and IG at @seanisaacguiding