[pct-l] self arrest poles

Jeffrey Olson philos56 at live.com
Thu Dec 11 20:53:32 CST 2014

In 2005 I hiked with two regular trekking poles.  During snow crossings 
I'd shorten one of the poles and bury to the hilt with every step.  I'd 
only pull it out to place again when I had myself firmly balanced in a 
three point contact.

I did fall once and stopped what would have been a nasty slide in a 
matter of an arms length.  Wouldn't work with really hard ice though...


On 12/11/2014 10:54 AM, Pietro, Michael M.D. wrote:
> Just heard about self arrest trekking poles for the high Sierra PCT. Looks like a great idea, as I didn't want to carry an ice ax if I could avoid it. Can those who have used them tell me:
> Do you carry 2 (seems dangerous in a fall) or one self arrest and one normal pole?
> Is the technique the same as an ice ax self arrest, gripping the arrest pole with both hands?
> Thanks!
> Mike Pietro
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