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Assume a team of 2-3 people intend to traverse a very exposed ridge at altitude. What are the main hazards and how can they be mitigated?

The type of ridge in question is covered in snow (various types of, maybe even some ice) and falls off steeply to both sides. The mountaineers follow the ridge to ascend/descend from a peak, generally following the highest point or close to the highest point of the ridge. The inclination of the ridge itself can vary from up- to downhill and various steepnesses (an answer may need to specify applicable steepness for different techniques). Examples of such ridges are the Piz Palü traverse or Bianco ridge to Bernina.

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    There are too many questions rolled into one. As it stands, this is way too broad. – Gabriel C. Aug 21 at 20:52
  • Don't short rope: outdoors.stackexchange.com/questions/18397/… – StrongBad Aug 21 at 21:22
  • @StrongBad: What about short-rope+10m of slack to throw in case of somebody is slipping? – cerv21 Aug 21 at 22:35
  • This question has received votes to close it. I'm not experienced enough to answer questions of this type (and so won't vote), however, this question does not appear to my (admittedly inexperienced in this field) eye to ask anything specific. "What is the best way to [go on a mountain with a very exposed ridge]." Example lame answer I could give: The best way to go anywhere is to walk - don't belay or use any rope, just walk around. See? I think you need to describe what you're trying to do. Go around the ridge? Climb the ridge itself? What? – Loduwijk Aug 21 at 23:09
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    May I suggest that you alter your question to something akin to. "Assume a team of 2-3 people intend to traverse a very exposed ridge at altitude. What are the main hazards and how can they be mitigated?" A good answer could explain how excessive focus on one danger (slipping) might expose you to another (corniches) – Guran Aug 23 at 8:49

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