[pct-l] Ice axe

Engraving Pros mail at engravingpros.com
Fri Jan 9 10:49:12 CST 2009

> Does anyone think an ice axe is crucial or just cautious?
> Hiking poles, crampons, ice axe seems like a lot of stuff.

I stopped carrying one on my High Sierra adventures.
Of course I have spent some time mountaineering and
ice climbing before I became a through hiker. The trick
is to not slip in the first place. The ice axe is a last
chance save your behind kind of tool. I find that
crampons and trekking poles work for me. But you
should make that choice after you have faced that
seventy foot slide into the VW sized boulders a few


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