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Dr John Lowder, Was [pct-l] Re: ice axe

At 11:07 AM 2/22/02, ROYROBIN@aol.com wrote:
>BTW, a hiking pole is not a substitute for an ice axe.

Dr John Lowder, a 1999 thru hiker was using ski poles, but had no ice axe

He was killed in a slip and fall on snow at New Army Pass (just south of Mt 
Whitney) while exiting the Sierra for Lone Pine.

Would an Ice Axe have saved his life? I think it is likely....


Brick Robbins                       mailto:brick@fastpack.com