Snow Travel | Skills for Climbing, Hiking, and Moving Across Snow

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Knowing how to travel on snow is a key skill for many hikers, climbers, skiers, and other outdoor enthusiasts.  It can give you access to popular hiking trails while there's still snow on the ground.  Backpackers can cross high alpine snowfields with confidence.  Peaks that are unpleasant slopes of loose rock in the summer months can offer prime climbing and skiing adventures when they're blanketed with snow.

  • Pre-trip planning and picking the right gear: ice axes, crampons, clothing, and essentials for safety
  • Using your feet: moving efficiently with crampons or ski/snowboard boots, kicking stepps, front pointing, walking-in-balance, and more
  • Using your ice ax: traversing, chopping steps, self-arresting, and other skills
  • Recognizing snow hazards: elephant traps, cornices, snow bridges, and snow gators
  • Written by Mike Zawaski
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