The Ice Axe is among the most adaptable of all a mountaineer’s tools. A good ice axe can serve many purposes, though it’s most important is widely considered the “self-arrest” used to stop a slide or fall. In this infographic, we demonstrate a few different ways to use an ice axe, though there are of course many more than just these! If you want to learn more, we recommend the popular book “Freedom of the Hills!”

FIVE WAYS TO USE AN ICE AXE
There are dozens of different ways you can utilize a common ice axe in mountaineering. This infographic demonstrates five different ways you can use an ice axe, including several of the most common.
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About the Author: Alex Derr

Alex Derr is a mountaineer and blogger based in Denver Colorado. He is working to climb Colorado’s highest 100 peaks, and the 20 tallest peaks in California. He created The Next Summit to share advice, stories, history & reflections from the Colorado Rockies & Sierra Nevada. When not climbing, he is managing the Communications strategy at Visible Network Labs.