maverick wrote:Maiathebee wrote:
Don't want to make him buy an ice axe in addition to all the other stuff he needs.
An ice axe or crampon in an inexperienced hikers hands can be dangerous and deadly.
Only after proper training and practice should one use these useful pieces of gear
that require one to be highly proficient in their usage.
Yes, of course. Let's not add evisceration or crampon cartwheels to the list of Things That Can Go Wrong. Careful preparation and good judgement of the situation and everyone's abilities in relation to that are imperative. This is why I am even on this forum doing research. And as you can see above, my original question wasn't "should I take a newbie on that snowfield" but rather "will the snowfield be there."