Anyway, here are some pictures of training:
Myself on the plice ladder. We wanted to make it taller, but multiple laps and down-climbing gives us the same pump without risking broken bones in the case of a fall.
Phil on lap #10 or so. We tried to do the laps without gloves for the extra pump factor. We also used crampons for the first little while, but eventually took them off because they're a bit awkward and our calves weren't feeling it anyway.
Climbing on plice is a bit boring compared to real ice, but it's a great way to train when the weather isn't cooperative. This ladder cost about $25 for wood and screws and took about 1 1/2 hrs to build.