Ice Axe Training at the Skiway -- 30 Mar 09

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1.0 Overview

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 "Lyme Drop" 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.

2.0 Concept

2.1 Description

We will meet at the Skiway Lodge parking lot, hike up Holt's Ledge and establish a base at the top of the Lyme Drop (in sight of the road). There we will work on
  • Ice axe handling
  • Self arrest
  • Snow climbing
  • Step Cutting
  • Team belay
  • Self belay
  • Snow and ice anchorage

    2.2 Schedule of Events

    Monday 30Mar

    1600 -- Meet at Skiway base lodge parking lot. Gear up. Initial briefing.
    1615 -- Hike to top of Lyme Drop on Holt's side. Work on skills. Time, interest, and conditions permitting, we may climb higher.
    1800 -- Arrive at 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

    Open to all scouts, scouters, and parents. There are no skill prerequisites for this outing.

    3.0 Administration and Logistics

    3.1 Announcement Date: 27 Mar 09

    3.2 Roster Closing Date: 30 Mar 09

    3.3 Costs


    3.4 Equipment

    3.4.1 Individual Equipment

  • Activity uniform.
  • 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.
  • Water, snacks

    3.4.2 Patrol Equipment


    3.4.3 Troop Equipment

  • Ropes
  • Helmets
  • Ice Screws
  • Webbing
  • Biners
  • First Aid Kit
  • Extra Ice Axes

    3.5 Transportation Plan

    Drop-off Point: Skiway Lodge parking lot
    Drop-off Time: 1600 Mon 30 Mar
    Pickup Point: Same place
    Pickup Time: 1800, Same Day

    4.0 Leadership

    4.1 Planning Committee

  • Ari

    4.2 Adult Leaders

  • SMIC: Mr. Smith
  • Mr. Brown

    Approved YJB 29Mar09

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