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Topic - Ice axe arrest

girlymonkey - on 09 Mar 2013
Having read on the 'winter ML review' thread that a couple of people think that the emphasis on ice axe arrest is wrong, I got thinking about it. I've never had to self arrest for real. I have always just accepted the wisdom that it's very important and we should all practice them, and I do. (and probably will continue). But there was an interesting point made about there being few days where the conditions are such that it's really useful. I have used it as part of a bum slide descent on many occasions, but obviously for this you are making a decision that the conditions are right for it. How many people have actually used a full arrest in anger, and did it work?
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