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The Top 10 Tips for Beginning Mountaineers

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I though this was an interesting read with some tips if you're starting to venture into the backcountry 

From Outside Online

 

  1. Tell someone you're out
  2. Take a class
  3. Get the right gear
  4. Beef up your avalanche skills
  5. Build up your endurance
  6. Practice in the spring
  7. Climb technical terrain
  8. Make the uphills easy
  9. Stash your ax
  10. Take your time. 

 

 

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9.  Stash your ax

 

 

Don't get this.  Your ice axe needs to be safely carried but easily deployable.  I was recently stuck on a steep icy slope above a crevasse when my uphill ski decided to release while I was trying to kick a platform.  Being able to release my ice axe from my pack one handed with removing my pack saved my arse.

 

Okay read it... between pack and back. No thanks with 30kgs on the back. Just make sure your pack is built to carry an ice axe that is readily accessible.

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