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Ouray From Above

Furnace Industries is proud to once again be a sponsor at the 2017 Ouray Ice Festival.  Last year, FI Co-Owner Ben Carlson shot aerial footage of the Ice Park and Camp Bird Rd.  Get psyched with his edit, and be sure to come by our booth to check out the Kronos, DRY ICE Tools, and ICICLES.  See you at the fest!

The Moment

It's rare, that feeling you get when the pick sinks into the ice just right.  The moment we all seek as climbers, that perfect stick, that perfect moment.

Art in Ice Climbing

Outside of the climbing-sphere, both George and I are designers.  George works as a custom woodworker, and myself as a lighting designer for TV and live events.

With a designer sensibility comes a certain appreciation for art, art history, composition, and the peculiar aesthetic that runs as an undercurrent to the ice and mixed climbing culture.

Ice climbers are a creative bunch, probably due to the mental processes required to get us to the top of a frozen bit of water.  There are really very few rules in this activity. We are after all, climbing with a portable one-armed belay. Anything goes, just get to the top safely.

Just as there are few rules in climbing there are few rules in how to approach the artistry used in Ice Fest Posters.  As Ice and Mixed climbing continues to broaden it’s presence into mainstream culture, the imagery we use to portray our activity informs the world at large how we want to be perceived.  Below is an representative study of ice fest posters from mostly past but some upcoming events.

What are we saying in the images we share of ice/mixed climbing?

What are we as an ice climbing community trying to communicate to the larger world?

What do we want them to see? Where do we want it to go? How do we want to show it?

Are men and women represented as equal?

Are we selling adventure?  Are we selling anything?

-Ben Carlson

 



 

BONUS

As an extended exploration on the subject of climbing art in mountain-themed event posters, below are some more examples of how we represent our lifestyle.  What are are these posters saying about us?

North American Ice Climbing Festivals 2016 - 2017

Ice climbing continues to grow! And with it are several 'mark your calendars NOW' events that bring us climbers together for fun, friends, ice climbing, and usually lots of beer.  Check out the starred events to get your hands on DRY ICE Tools and KRONOS!

Portland Alpine Festival November 15-19 2016 Portland OR

Bozeman Ice Festival December 7-11, 2016 
Bozeman, MT

Sandstone Ice Festival January 6-8 2017 Robinson Park Quarry, Sandstone, MN

Adirondack International Mountain Fest  January 13-15 2017 
Keene Valley, NY

*Ouray Ice Fest  January 19-22, 2017
 Ouray, CO

Smuggler's Notch Ice Bash  January 20-22, 2017 
Smugglers Notch, VT

Catskill Ice Festival  January 27 - January 30, 2017
 New Paltz, NY

Mt. Washington Valley Ice Festival  February 3-5, 2017 North Conway, NH

Cody Ice Fest  February 10-12, 2017 Cody, Wyoming

Duluth Ice & Mixed Fest February 10-12, 2017, Duluth, Minnesota

Michigan Ice Fest  February 15-19, 2017 
Munising, MI

*Valdez Ice Fest  February 17-20 2017
 Valdez, Alaska  Get REALLY psyched with this:

 

Southern Ontario Ice Fest February 24-26 Maynooth, Ontario, Canada 

*Furnace Industries will be there! Make sure to check out tjhe KRONOS, DRY ICE Tools and ICICLES. Follow our Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram feed for live tweets and onsite info.

 

The Kronos: Mixed Pick vs Ice Pick

Winter climbing can throw out a lot of variables: rotten ice, crumbing rock, styrofoam snow, spindrift, bears...

In today’s winter climbing venues, having gear with the ability to adapt to changing conditions is a requirement. It should be no surprise that we designed the pick to be replaceable on the Kronos Wood Ice Tool.  We wouldn’t buy it ourselves if it wasn’t.

In fact, there are two types of picks available for the Kronos Wood Ice Tool, the Kronos Ice Pick, and the Kronos Mixed Pick (both are available here). The main difference is that the thickness of the Ice Pick is 3mm at the tip while the Mixed Pick is 4mm at the tip.  Changing a pick on the the world's only technical tool made of wood is pretty simple: remove the bolts, spread the wood, remove and replace the pick.

Many climbers have inquired what exactly are the differences between our unique picks. Below are the details of each pick, how they differ from one another, and why:

The Mixed Pick (avalaible HERE)

Hand made, hand finished replacement pick for mixed climbing.

Features include:

-Thick 4mm tool-grade steel down to tip of the pick, Type T rated

-More aggressive pick angle for the demands of mixed climbing.  Specifically, a 3.8° increase in pick angle from our Ice pick

-Built-in hammer

-Hedgehog teeth on top of pick for stability during stein pull maneuvers

-Wider at the tip than our Ice pick to standup to abuse

-At the point in the pick that recieves the most torque (measured at 25mm from the tip) the depth of the Mixed Pick (the distance from the top of the pick's bevel to the teeth) is .75 mm more than the Ice Pick (Bonus detail at the end of this article)

-Weight: 199g (7oz)

The Ice Pick (available HERE)

Hand made, hand finished replacement pick for ice climbing.

Features include:

 -Pick thickness narrows from 4mm at the pick head to 3mm at the pick’s tip for ease of ice placements and minimal ice displacement

-Ideal pick angle arrived at with input from 25 recrational climbers, 25 guides, and 25 pro climbers

-Smooth top of pick for ease of removing deep ice placements

-Type B rated

-Weight: 180g (6.3oz)

For more visual comparison, check out these pics below:

Ice Pick on Top.  Mixed Pick Below.

Detail comparison.  Note the differences in thickness at the pick's tip.

Here, the Mixed Pick is on top of the Ice Pick.  The hammer and aggressive angle of the mixed pick are clear. 

Here. the Ice Pick is on top of the Mixed Pick.  The 3.8° difference in pick angle is clear.

Bonus Extra Techy Detail

While the difference in depth between the Ice and Mixed Pick is only .75mm, a tiny amount, the added thickness of the Mixed Pick amounts to a 11.39 sq mm difference in cross sectional area over the Ice Pick at 25mm from the tip.  That’s 27.5% more material at the point of highest torque.

-bc