An ice knife, also known by the ice tool or climbing Axe, is a multipurpose climbing and hiking tool used to climb and descend routes that involve snow, ice, and frozen conditions. They are used for winter mountaineering and cross-country skiing, as well as scrambling.
An Ice Axe Maintenance is a vital safety tool for mountaineering or ice climbing. It can be used in self-arrest and to stop a slip, as well balance, probing, cutting and digging, extra security and as an extra handhold.
An iceaxe properly designed uses an elongated shaft. It has a broad, hoelike head and a pointed tip at the bottom. They are often used to dig trenches, carve snow shelters, flatten tent platform sites and execute other important snow travel tasks.
When not in use, an ice-axe is typically carried on its outside with a pack (rucksack), or carried over one shoulder uphill. Modern models have a nylon webbing loop attached to their rear base. This allows the pick to be positioned behind the climber while they climb uphill.
The adze, on general-mountaineering ice axes, is used for digging into snow and ice in self-arrest situations or when climbing near-vertical slopes. They can also been buried, with the rope tied around the shaft. This will provide a secure anchor from which to raise a second climber.
Buried iceaxes can be more difficult and harder to control than other types of iceaxes, but they can still be used to support the body and anchor it on steep, icy descents. They also offer the option of a direct belay or body belay, and may have a sling-like handle at the head for easier manipulation.
Ice Axe: Ice climbing
When you are ready to start descending, hold your Ice Axe by the head and shaft in both of your hands. Make sure the spike is firmly embedded in the snow. Then, slowly move your feet down the slope, one at a. This method is slower and requires more energy, but it will give you a better chance of making it down the slope safely.
Before you step down, make sure that your pick of an Ice Axe Maintenance is well buried in the snow. This will ensure that you can maintain your balance while you walk. If you need additional support, you can stomp on it or backfill the T-slot horizontally with ice to increase strength and stability.
If the slope is too steep, you might try dragging your ice axe in the snow. This will tilt your body slightly towards the side, making it easier for you turn the right way. This can be difficult if you’re not used to it, but it is possible.