[pct-l] Ice axe

Rebecca Mezoff rlmezoff at cybermesa.com
Thu Sep 21 19:26:02 CDT 2006

I don't necessarily mean to prolong a subject that I'm sure has been  
covered in detail before, but I'm a newbie and am planning on hiking  
the trail in 2007.  Buying an ice axe doesn't seem like the problem--  
learning how to use it does.  Since I live in New Mexico, I'm pretty  
sure I couldn't even buy an axe here much less find a course to train  
me in it's use.  Can anyone suggest a good course or organization  
that offers courses where I might get practice with the axe and some  
other basic snow mountaineering training?  I do have a friend in  
Seattle who would love it if I visited, so if there was something  
near there that was 1-3 days, I would certainly consider it....  
otherwise maybe somewhere in Colorado?
Rebecca the mesa-hiker

On Sep 21, 2006, at 12:24 PM, Shelly Culbertson wrote:

> On 9/21/06, Corky Corcoran <corcoran at corky.cc> wrote:
>> You want as light as possible.  Most of the time it is dead weight.
> I know a couple of thru-hikers who used the ULA Helix this year,  
> and were
> satisfied with it.  It was not excessively fragile (did not sustain  
> damage
> enroute) and was successfully deployed for self-arrests.
> http://ula-equipment.com/helix.html
> Shelly
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