Time passes by…some things one learns over the years, but some things are too important to be learned without good supervision.
Mountaineering and crevasse rescue techniques as well as everything concerning avalanches shouldn’t be learned via trial and error.
I’m on regular training concerning snow and avalanche risk management, wrote exams in University about the consistency of snow and dug snow profiles, but so far I skipped most of the serious mountaineering stuff.
Time to learn. Thanks to the guys from diebergstation.at I enjoyed a weekend on Dachstein. Together with some of my riding buddies I also learned some access techniques, which hopefully lead to new and exciting lines…
Concerning weather it was the perfect timing: Sun, autumn colors and some open ice. Quite fascinating to see the glacier in such a different condition.
What one needs – equipment when playing on glaciers before or after high winter:
rope (60m), harness, ice axe, crampons, 3 HMS (better ball lock) carabiners, 2 ‘normal’ carabiners, 3 accessory cords(6 mm, 1/3/3 m length), webbing sling(120cm, maybe additionally one shorter one), ice screw (18 – 21cm)