[at-l] 1500 foot fall, accident & rescue White Mtns, near AT

nightwalker.at at gmail.com nightwalker.at at gmail.com
Thu Apr 8 21:13:36 CDT 2010


I have self-arrested with trekking poles. Not ice, just dirt. Luckily, it was something I had read only the week before. Funny how time almost stops when you're sliding off of a mountain!

-----Original Message-----
From: Victor Hoyt <vnhoyt at gmail.com>
Sent: Thursday, April 08, 2010 8:02 PM
To: at-l <at-l at backcountry.net>
Subject: Re: [at-l] 1500 foot fall, accident & rescue White Mtns, near AT


On Apr 7, 2010, at 4:00 PM, RockDancer wrote:

> Micros or ice creepers don't do the job. --RockDancer

Very true. I've hiked the whites many times, and in the winter, I always have a set of crampons tied to the pack. Even in the lower hills, I carry my set of four-pointers (instep crampons), in case I get to a really icy patch. However, though the ranger mentioned ice axes, relatively few people really know how to use them properly. I think perhaps crampons and ski poles might be better. If you don't know how to self-arrest, an ice axe is useless anyway.

vic

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