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How to ice-axe self arrest

A practical guide to ice-axe arresting

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A Quick Tip by HikingLady

  • Feb 21, 2010
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Definitely a skill EVERYONE that hikes mountains in the winter need to learn.
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review by . March 03, 2010
I took a class on self-arresting, and for anyone who hikes mountains in the winter, you must learn how to do this!      It is ok to learn skills like this by watching a video, but you have to actually go out and practice!  Try sliding down the slope in each of the 4 directions mountaineers like to consider (even though there are infinite ways I could fall!)      1. feet first on your stomach   2. feet first on your back   3. head …
Quick Tip by . March 06, 2010
Definitely a skill EVERYONE that hikes mountains in the winter need to learn.
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Hi! I'm Carol Roberts, and I am the creator and writer for HikingLady.com      I love hiking (of course!), backpacking, traveling, trail running, reading, snowshoeing, skiing, and … more
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Self-arrest is a mountaineering related maneuver in which a climber that has fallen and is sliding down a snow or ice slope arrests (stops) the slide by himself without recourse to a rope or other belay system.

Self-arrest can be performed by using an ice axe or by using the climber's hands, feet, knees and elbows. Self-arrest with an ice axe is a difficult maneuver, but without it the probability of effectively arresting a fall is greatly diminished.

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