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[pct-l] Ski poles/ice axes
- Subject: [pct-l] Ski poles/ice axes
- From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael E. Zuber)
- Date: Sat, 22 Feb 1997 16:22:19 -0800
>From: "Jerry McMillan" <JMCMILLA@uci.edu>
>Subject: [pct-l] Axes and Poles
> A couple of summers ago, I ran into a discussion on the JMT about the
> relative merits of carrying an ice ax vs. ski poles. The ax proponents
> claimed that the ax would help avoid injury if they slipped. The pole
> people said that the poles would keep them from slipping in the first
> I'm hiking the JMT this summer, and would appreciate comments for and
> against both opinions.
I can see the advantage of poles under certain situations, primarily deep
stream crossings. And people I have talked to like the fact that thay can
get into a "hiking rythm" using them. However, I would opt for an ice axe
on the JMT.
Although ski poles may very well decrease the possibility of a slip, I
doubt that they could prevent slips under all circumstances in snowy/icy
conditions. Does anyone know how ski poles compare to ice axes during a
self arrest? I doubt they compare favorably.
The arguement given above doesn't seem logical to me. It seems analogous
to saying "I'm not going to use my seat belt because I am driving carefully
enough to keep me out of an accident."
I would be interested in hearing others ideas.
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