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Re: [pct-l] Ski poles/ice axes
- Subject: Re: [pct-l] Ski poles/ice axes
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- Date: Mon, 24 Feb 1997 07:20:37 -0800 (PST)
>>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.
Partly depends on when you are doing the hike. If it is later season I
would not carry an ice axe at all. I usually use a push broom handle as a
walking staff. Helps to keep you balanced as you are rock hopping across a
stream. The metal screw goodie on the bottom keeps it from wearing down.
I have not yet graduated to using two as some espouse.
I have done the JMT three times without using either poles or an ice axe.
The only time I took the ice axe was when I did the PCT. I have also done
it several times now (in both directions) with a hiking staff. The staff
has become a part of the rhythm of hiking for me so I don't feel right
If you are going to be heading out early season I would consider an ice
axe, particularly for the ice chute on the south side of Forester Pass.
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