What are people using if not carrying a picket for crevasse rescue anchors? Assuming you have a mountaineering axe, no skis and it won't take screws. I know Americans seem to love pickets but I rarely see people carrying them in Europe. What are the options for a lightweight picket? I know of the MSR cable and a Yates version. I wish somebody would make a short UL picket just for T slots.
Usually not enough snow (and less powdery) compared to, say, the Cascades or Alaska?
That said, I do have an MSR snow stake with a DIY steel cable attached to a centre slot and one end made pointy using an angle grinder for banging in vertically, but I rarely use it, except when ski touring.
Anything shorter does not make sense as a bang it in quick snow anchor. If length is an issue, a wider deadman type snow anchor is much better.
An ice axe is usually used for crevasse rescue, sometimes two.
I know that, I meant what are you using as a backup anchor if you are only carrying one axe?
I guess realistically you aren't going to haul someone out of a cravasse if they are unconscious/unable to get out by themselves on your own so a backup is a bit of a moot point
> I guess realistically you aren't going to haul someone out of a cravasse if they are unconscious/unable to get out by themselves on your own so a backup is a bit of a moot point
Reminds me of a classic AK article:
I like flying ones.
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Potentially more usefully, I bought an MSR one 25 years ago and dragged around various mountains for a few years never actually placing it before deciding it was essentially useless. Not even sure where it is anymore - must have lent it to someone and never got it back.
My partner always brings one and we have never placed it either!
Mountaineering Scotland has called for action to be taken against the growing issue of 'dirty camping', which sees irresponsible campers leaving rubbish, fire damage, toilet waste and even tents in their wake.