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

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

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

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

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