Top Tips #2 Ice Axe Leashes
I don't routinely use a wrist leash on general purpose mountaineering ice axes, but for some tasks such as cutting steps or climbing very steep ground they can be useful. My solution is to have a simple leash that can be fitted or removed very quickly.
The leashes are homemade from thin tape (such as Troll 10mm tape) tied with a wrist size loop at one end and a smaller loop at the other. I keep the leash in the chest pocket of my shell jacket which ensures it is always ready for quick deployment.
To fit the leash I simply have to slide the tape loop through the top hole on the head of my ice axe then thread the tape back through to create a larks foot knot (larks foot knots have well documented limitations but are strong enough to use in this context). It only takes a minute and you are ready to go.
Removing it is a simple 30 second reversal of the above. Perfect.