As winter comes closer and the trailrunning season is mostly over for me I set my sight onto iceclimbing. The last few winters I was more focused on skitouring but with my alpine ambitions increasing I feel like I need to become a better ice-/mixedclimber so that will be my focus this winter. In the past, I have climbed up to WI3+/4- lead and WI5/5+ toprope but always felt like I wasn’t really physically well prepared (and I definitely didn’t climb enough ice to develop very good technique).
I read up on all the brilliant resources on this site, especially the Training for Ice and Mixed Climbing article. I started with the transition period two weeks ago doing core 2-3x/week and doing some bouldering.
Now I found a really nice wood stack which is suited for some drytooling (see picture). It is maybe 20-25m wide, 3-4m high and the picks stick super good the in wood. I feel like it would be very beneficial to do some ARC style sessions on tools but am unsure how that could fit into the general schedule.
The stack is ideal for traversing and the one time I climbed on it I always kicked the feet into the face of the trunks (to develop better technique and work the calve a bit more) but did a mix of swinging and hooking with the tools. If I only swing the tools and use the “steeper” positions (picks in the trucks sticking the furthest out and feet furthest in) I got pumped quite quickly but hooking makes it way easier and there are very good rest positions. I did 3*20 minutes trying to control the pump and shaking as much as needed. I felt my forearms quite a bit the next day but think it will become quite a bit less taxing quickly.
Is this ARCing comparable with aerobic base running in the sense that I can just mix it in during all different phases of the ice-training as general conditioning?
During the transition phase, I plan to combine it with the core sessions since my gym is very close by. During the max strength and ME phase that is probably too much but I could just do it on a different day instead. Maybe 1-2x/week starting with 60 minutes and building to 90 minutes?
I appreciate any inputs.