Snow Protection

Belaying on steep snow where ice screws are useless and there are no rock outcrops is one of the more worrying aspects of mountaineering. All mountaineers should know how to construct a buried axe belay and a snow bollard. The advantage of these is that they do not require anything extra to be carried - the disadvantage is that they are fairly time consuming. Deadmen and snow stakes are quicker to use, and the former can be very effective if placed correctly.

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