How to Attach an Ice Axe to a Backpack

If you are hiking the entire Pacific Crest Trail or the Continental Divide Trail you will likely need an ice axe at some point. Most hikers mail their ice axe to the place where they will need it. When they don’t need their ice axe anymore, they just mail it home. Here is how to securely attach your ice axe to your backpack.

The Parts of an Ice Axe:

1. Turn the pick on the ice axe towards the center of the pack so it doesn’t protrude from the backpack.

Most backpacks have two ice axe loops located on the left and right side of the bottom of the backpack.

2. Slide your ice axe down into the ice axe loop keeping the pick pointing towards the center of the backpack.

3. Rotate the ice axe up so the spike faces upwards.

4. Firmly secure the ice axe to the pack

Most backpacks have a strap that you can use to firmly secure the ice axe to the backpack. Use more straps to secure the ice axe for more security.


It is very important to properly secure you ice axe to your pack. Securing your ice axe to your pack using multiple straps is recommended.

To avoid injury it is recommended to cover the adze, pick and spike with a cover when the ice axe is not being used.