Do I need ice axe and crampons?
Gaiters prevent snow from entering your boots while crampons provide you with traction on icy surfaces. An ice axe allows you to arrest your fall in case you slip. Gaiters are typically worn on all winter hiking trips while crampons and an ice axe are only used if the conditions require them (icy terrain).
What is plunge stepping?
Plunge Stepping The plunge step is a useful technique to keep you in balance and help you descend quickly. In this technique: Step down and drive your heel straight down into the snow; avoid digging your heel back into the slope. Bend your knees slightly and maintain a wider stance. Keep your toes up and out of the …
What is Glissade in hiking?
Glissading is a speedy way to slide down a steep hill of snow, usually while seated. Think of it like sledding on your butt without the sled. Most climbers and mountaineers use an ice axe and most backpackers use trekking poles (or rocks!) to control their balance and speed.
What is it called when you slide down a snowy mountain?
Glissading is the act of descending a steep snow- or scree-covered slope via a controlled slide on one’s feet or buttocks.
Do I really need an ice axe?
The ice axe, for many, is a mountaineering symbol that evokes images of rugged glaciated peaks and above-the-cloud summits. It’s an essential safety tool for mountaineering adventures whether you use it to maintain balance or to self-arrest and stop yourself from a fall.
What do you call hills of snow?
mogul. noun. a pile of snow like a very small hill that you jump over when you are skiing.
Do crampons work on ice?
Traditionally, crampons were designed and used for ice climbing. Today, crampons are generally used for any ice on high incline areas, including ice on slopes, rocks or technical mountaineering conditions like frozen waterfalls. The spikes on crampons, numbering about 6-12, are about ½ inch to a full inch in length.