The bulge at the top of a pillar can be the crux, so be sure to place a screw before surmounting it.
Ice grades are arguably meaningless. A hooked-out WI6 can be much easier than an unclimbed WI4.
Don’t climb in fat ice gloves, your hands will get damp and you’ll pump out. Bring many liners and a good shell.
The best spot to place an ice screw is between your waist and your chest and close to your body where you’ll get leverage.
Be sure to place ice screws close enough to keep you from landing on any ledges.
Pack your bag the night before and be sure to bring lots of calories like trail mix and chocolate.
Be prepared for winter driving and have an emergency kit in the car.
Write your intended route on your car, in the snow or dirt or leave a note.
Be good at communicating and yell “Ice!” if you drop ice.
Be proactive about staying warm – a warm you is a happy you.
Add some extra grip to the shaft of your tool if you’ll be doing any mixed trickery.
Lastly, make a tick list and have fun.