[Cdt-l] How far to carry an Ice Axe

Jonathan Ley jonathan at phlumf.com
Tue Apr 26 00:00:10 CDT 2011

Every year is going to be a little different... you might need it later 
in the season this year just to cut steps across some lingering snow 
fingers here & there. Even if 98% of the trail is clear, that one 30ft 
patch of ice in a shaded gully with no easy way around could be a real 
problem. You might not need it much between ~Lincoln to Anaconda 
(though, with the snow situation, who knows?), but might again south of 


On 4/24/2011 5:58 AM, Chad Killingsworth wrote:
> On my PCT hike in 2005, I made the mistake of sending my ice axe home 
> too early. It was a very heavy snow year and I should have carried it 
> all the way to South Lake Tahoe. I'm trying to avoid the same 
> situation on my southbound CDT hike. Assuming that I actually need/use 
> the ice axe in GNP, is it likely that I'll need it between East 
> Glacier and Lincoln?
> Piper
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