TEN TIPS FOR ACCESSING FREERIDE LINES SAFELY | HOW TO XV

TEN TIPS FOR ACCESSING FREERIDE LINES SAFELY | HOW TO XV


I think there’s nothing better, but just
being on a ridge and feeling a bit like a mountain goat, a little animal and looking for your line. That’s when I feel the most of that adventure feeling that
we are all seeking for. If you climb a steep line, quite often an ice axe or crampons not only will make it safer for you to get up there but they will also save you a ton of energy. Ice axes are not only for snow they work
amazingly well in grass patches like this if not you can also use them on
rocks, like dry tooling technique. Of course your boots are gonna be really
important, if you have a Vibram sole a sole that is made for going on ice and
on rocks, that’s gonna be a game changer. Put them into your toolkit, play a bit
with them, tune them up and it’s gonna open so many possibilities. Sometimes when the rocks are getting a bit of Sun it’s not crazy to take off your gloves
for a little bit and go through the technical passage. One thing that I like to do, when it’s a bit technical is I try to think to always have three points on the ground. So maybe sometimes I’ll use my board a bit as an anchor maybe an ice axe, maybe just my hands on the rocks but I move slowly to only move one anchor point at a time, so one hand or one foot at a time. And when in doubt it’s always better to
use a little bit of a piece of rope to secure yourself, you know it will take an extra five minutes but it’s better to not do any mistake, go home and celebrate with your mates. If there is deep pow and you’re lucky enough to be a snowboarder this bad boy, holding your board by the end of the binding can be such a cool tool, to just drag yourself up. So what I do normally is that I bang my board like this in the snow that saves a ton of energy for boot packing. Sometimes you’re going either on a ridge or on a traverse or anything and there are a few rocks and normally with the rocks your board, your board will be holding a
little bit, but then if you get on a really flat rocky surface, all of a sudden you don’t have anything to hold on neither with your hands or with your
feet. So here is a little trick, usually when I’m on the ridge, if I see an animal track, I like to follow it because usually those guys know where they put
their feet so either for snow slab or cornices or even rocky ridges these guys, it’s their terrain, it’s their home and they know it. If you have to be under the cornice try
to be as quick as possible and as much as you can try to hike or tour in protected areas.