Ice Axe Training at the Skiway
The Dartmouth Skiway provides a nearly ideal place to practice basic ice axe and snow climbing
technique. When the Skiway closes in the spring we are free to use the "Death Wall" above the
road on Holt's Ledge for training. This outing provides an opportunity to learn basic snow
climbing techniques including self-arrest, team belay, bollard making, and snow climbing.
We will meet at the Skiway Lodge parking lot, hike up Holt's Ledge and establish a base at the top of the Death Wall (in sight of the road). There we will work on
Ice axe handling
Snow and ice anchorage
We will return to the Lodge parking lot in time for pickup.
2.2 Schedule of Events
1500 -- Meet at Skiway base lodge
1515 -- Hike to top of Death Wall on Holt's side. Work on skills. Time, interest, and conditions permitting, we may climb up to Worden's Schuss.
1630 -- Return to lodge for pickup.
2.3 Expected Conditions and Difficulty
We will be hiking up the ski slopes which are fairly steep, but it is short so that shouldn't be too bad. We will be sliding down the slopes, mostly in control, but the snow surface may be rough and hard on clothing. We will certainly get wet.
2.4 Special Requirements
This outing is open to all scouts, scouters, and parents.
There are no skills prerequisites for this outing.
3.0 Administration and Logistics
3.1 Announcement Date: 3Apr02
3.2 Roster Closing Date: 6Apr02
3.4.1 Individual Equipment
Ice Axe (if you have one)
Crampons (if you have them)
Harness (if you have one)
Helmet (if you have one)
Suitable clothing for the weather and the activity. Standard hiking or climbing clothing is fine. You will definitely want a wind shell with a hood. Hiking boots are important.
Please be willing to share equipment and bring extras if you can for those who don't have it.
3.4.2 Patrol Equipment
3.4.3 Troop Equipment
First Aid Kit
Extra Ice Axes
3.5 Transportation Plan
Dropoff Point: Skiway Lodge Parking Lot
Dropoff Time: 3:00 pm Sunday 7Apr02
Pickup Point: Same Place
Pickup Time: 4:30 pm, Same day
4.1 Planning Committee
4.2 Adult Leaders
SMIC: Yorke Brown
Approved YJB 04Apr02
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