Friday, September 30, 2011

Glissading And Self Arrest

Dijukno glissading is the fastest, easiest, and most exhilarating way down many snow slopes if climbers are on foot? On slopes where speed can be controlled, it is an efficient alternative to walking or
plunge-stepping.

 Glissading can be hazardous.
 Do not glissade in crevassed terrain.
 Glissade only when a safe runout is close enough that if a slide goes out of control, the climber will not be injured before reaching it.
 Unless the climbing party can see the entire descent route, the first person down must use extreme caution, and stop frequently to look ahead.

 The biggest risk is losing control at such a high speed that self-arrest is not possible. This is most likely to happen on the best glissading slope: One with firm snow.
 Before glissading, remove crampons, and stow them and other hardware in the pack. Crampon points can catch in the snow, and send climbers tumbling.
 Wear rain pants to keep dry(put on a pair of synthetic shorts from a thrift store to protect your favorite climbing pant.), and gloves to protect your hand from the abrasive snow.
 Always maintain control of the ice axe. If an ice axe leash is worn, climbers risk injury from a flailing axe if it is knocked loose from their grip. If a leash isn't used, climbers may lose their axe.
 Effective glissading requires a smooth blend of varied techniques such as sitting, standing, and crouching.




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