We all know ice axes are sharp and normally this is of benefit to the climber. However when your axe is attached to your wrist by a leash care needs to be taken when gesticulating.
The average English climber, whilst not given to over enthusiastic gestures must still show due consideration for the pendulum effect caused by uncharacteristic arm waving. If caught out whilst playing charades on a stance the inevitable forehead injury will look better if the axe hits equidistant to each temple. The example in the image here took immense skill and practice to achieve, managing to find the sweet spot between helmet and goggles. Please remember this was achieved by a professional and should not be attempted without expert training.
About the Author
Alex Palmer is the co-owner and founder of Cold Mountain Kit and started climbing back in 1989. He’s climbed extensively throughout the UK, French Alps and has been as far afield as Yosemite, Northern Patagonia and South Africa. A total trad climbing snob.