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Owen


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Ice axes on piste?
Date Posted: 11.12hrs on Tue 9 Jan 18
I was skiing at Glencoe on Sunday and noticed a couple of people were carrying packs with ice axes attached to the outside. They didn't seem to be going touring as I saw them several time throughout the day, always on piste. Not quite sure what that's all about, if you did that in the Vallee Blanche (where an ice axe could be quite handy) you'd get shouted at and told to put the axe inside the pack.

What do others think?
paraffin


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Re: Ice axes on piste?
Date Posted: 14.05hrs on Tue 9 Jan 18
Owen,
Indeed!
It is a badge of courage - earned or otherwise . . .
Doug_Bryce


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Re: Ice axes on piste?
Date Posted: 14.53hrs on Tue 9 Jan 18
Good for keeping the snow badgers away...

Though there have been occasions when, halfway down a icy / closed flypaper, I really wished I had an ice axe winking smiley


Beastie


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Re: Ice axes on piste?
Date Posted: 15.01hrs on Tue 9 Jan 18
I'd be wary about puncturing myself (or even worse someone else) if I fell over while skiing with an ice axe strapped outside.

Best guess is they had walking boots packed away too & were hedging bets on whether to ski or use the chair to go for a walk if not. I'd have just asked lifties nicely to mind them at access chair if I'd opted for skiing if that was the case though.



Edited 1 times. Last edit at 15.01hrs Tue 9 Jan 18 by Beastie.
BraemarBob


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Re: Ice axes on piste?
Date Posted: 16.18hrs on Tue 9 Jan 18
I used to carry an axe attached to my pack when my kids were young. As a retired climber I felt a bit unequipped without one in the mountains with snow about. My logic was for a rescue situation and it transpired it was needed.

My [then] about seven year old daughter had a panic on the Glas Maol red run and ran out towards the west wall. This was iced solid and she ended up losing ski's and sliding half-way down the face. The axe proved invaluable in getting down to her after a scary slide and recovering her kit. I would stress that I always had rubber adze and spike protection on the Charlet and I don't take it now they are all "Adults".
paraffin


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Re: Ice axes on piste?
Date Posted: 19.24hrs on Tue 9 Jan 18
I’ll wager 90% of those jiggly jangly skiers, if asked will respond in an overly loud voice,

“We’re practising for thee Greater Ranges”
;-)

Suilven


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Re: Ice axes on piste?
Date Posted: 13.17hrs on Wed 10 Jan 18
They were training for Alaska (old TGR gag)
paraffin


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Re: Ice axes on piste?
Date Posted: 18.58hrs on Thu 11 Jan 18
Training for Alaska or the Greater Ranges?
Anyone who has been out in full Scottish Winter conditions knows the converse is true. But hey don’t take my word for it.

Bomp


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Re: Ice axes on piste?
Date Posted: 06.01hrs on Fri 12 Jan 18
"Masherbrum, Gasherbrum, Distegil Sar
make excellent training for dark Lochnagar"

- the immortal Tom Patey

But actually, it would appear that ice axes are for macho skiers to ward off hordes of marauding Glenshee staff, swarming around them on snowmobiles and quad bikes like a scene from "Mad Max: the winter war"
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