This is an awesome post from Will Gadd.
It seems I have been hearing about lots of falls on ice lately. I hear a lot of stories from people who came within an inch of falling but managed to pull through. Alternatively, I hear about people falling and coming away without a scratch. This negative reinforcement is a very dangerous thing. Lead climbing on ice is a serious activity and should be undertaken only by those with solid bodies, minds, and technique. Two out of three won't cut it. With luck, you could be climbing for the rest of your life. Why rush it? There is simply no good reason to jump on lead your first ice season.