Winter Skills – Attaching your Axe to your Pack

By Dave Roberts   

on November 2, 2011    No ratings yet.

Winter Skills – Attaching your Axe to your Pack

To some of you, this may well be stating the obvious but if you’re ready for your first trip out in the snow with a group and you’ve packed your flask and sandwiches. Then you’ve a pack in one hand and an axe in the other and you realise you haven’t a clue how to attach it.

Simply thread the shaft of the axe down through the loops at the base of your pack – the ice axe loops – twist, lift and attach to a velcro strap or bungee that you should find above. I remember being rather stumped the first time around and while it’s bleedin’ obvious once you’ve seen it, it isn’t first time around!

Here’s a video that demonstrates it (cue aaaah! That’s what those loops are for… not hanging enamel mugs from…)


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Dave Roberts

Dave Roberts founded Walk Eryri in 2004, with the aim of providing routes that are off the beaten track. Walk Eryri is now part of Mud and Routes which continues to provide more off beat routes and walks in Snowdonia and beyond. Dave has been exploring the hills of Eryri for over thirty years, and is a qualified Mountain Leader. Dave also established Walk up Snowdon, Walk up Scafell Pike and Walk up Ben Nevis just to mention a few.

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