National Geographic : 1996 Dec
Clutching her ice axes, Junko Sekiguchi (left) negotiates an over hang on The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, a 150-foot frozen water fall in the Canadian Rockies. Refinements in gear-axes and hammers, ice screws and ropes, carabiners and crampons-have made ice climbing safer and more popu lar, but the sport is stilla demanding test of athleticism, self reliance, and resolve. Going ropeless, Marc Twight sticks close to the ground in Colorado while fine tuning his technique (right). Says Marc, "Action and compe tence are what count."