Yes, I'm thinking just some crag climbing with friends. I'd like to take an ice climbing course this winter, but we'll see if I ever have a day off that works with that. I feel like a single rope like this
, would make the most sense but I'm certainly open to some other suggestions. I've never climbed with a half rope setup before so I'm more inclined to stick with simplicity, even if it costs me some weight.
What I really want to do is learn ice climbing technique so I can do some of the couloirs in the Sierra this fall. After looking at the north side Mt. Darwin and Mt. Mendel I decided I really need to learn how to climb ice. Also since I'm working at Backcountry.com for the winter now is the time to invest in this kind of gear.