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TLDR As long as you can walk normally (using the whole foot not just the toe area) always hold your axe at its head with the blade pointing backwards. More information This depends on the situation you are in. The text from Grivel seems to be a oversimplification. There is not just one technique for ascending and one for descending. There are two basic ...


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Notice: I consider this a question about classical mountaineering. The question becomes very debatable if you include steep ice. In short: Do not use hand leashes on mountaineering ice axes: you attach a sharp tool to yourself which has a high chance of serious injury in case of a fall. Safety While there is a whole bunch of pros and cons, the one deciding ...


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I'm talking about a single "alpine walking axe" here, not a pair of climbing axes. (I presume this is what you mean?) For me it's pretty strightforward: Pro It stops you dropping your axe (or more to the point if you do drop it you won't loose it) Cons It's a pain and gets in the way (just generally in my experience) It makes swapping hands more ...


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Not dropping the ice axe is a pro in some circumstances and a con in others. If you drop into a crevasse it would be really nice to hang on to your ice axe to aid in your rescue and finishing or evacuating the climb. One the other hand, if you fall on a slope and loose control of your ice axe, then being tethered to a flailing rod with lots of sharp edges ...



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