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Tip #1 – How to attach an ice axe to a backpack (video)

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 An incorrectly packed ice axe

An incorrectly packed ice axe

On our winter treks, we have seen trekkers and some guides carry their ice axe incorrectly. If packed incorrectly, ice axe may puncture your hip with its sharp pick if you fall. In this video we show you the correct way to attach an ice axe to a backpack.

 

 1.Pick 2.Head 3.Adze 4.Leash 5.Leash stop 6.Shaft 7.Spike  By Lacen (Own work) [ GFDL  or  CC-BY-SA-3.0 ], via  Wikimedia Commons

1.Pick 2.Head 3.Adze 4.Leash 5.Leash stop 6.Shaft 7.Spike By Lacen (Own work) [ GFDL  or CC-BY-SA-3.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons

Step 1 – Insert the ice axe, shaft first into the backpack ice axe / trekking pole loop. Shaft points towards the bottom of the pack

Step 2 – Make sure that the pick faces the pack

Step 3 – Fold the ice axe upside down. Shaft points towards the top of the backpack

Step 4 – Close the loops along the ice axe shaft

Step 5 – Check if the ice axe is secure

3 Comments

  1. Sarthak

    Another question I have regarding this topic is what alternative (Jugaad- as they call in India) can we do if our backpack doesn’t support an ice axe loop.
    I have a Quechua 70L backpack (http://www.decathlon.in/p/8300839_forclaz-70-backpack.html#/180-235-_)
    Now this has loops for hiking pole that can be tightened but nothing such attachment available at base of the sack, so in case I adjust my axe in those loops the overall height of whole setup goes too much as hiking pole loops begin somewhere in the middle of sack

  2. Sarthak

    Are there some professional ice axe pick covers available?, I remember putting an old handkerchief, but the knot loosens after some hours of hiking..

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