I am definitely a novice as far as mountain climbing goes and I am wondering if anyone has some climbing strategies that I can use while climbing. I really want to go climbing, but am reading all these posts about the dangers of using an ice axe to climb an ice wall.
What I am wondering is if there is something besides an ice axe that can be used in order to propel oneself up an ice wall.
I am also wondering if there is a use for an ice axe besides climbing and ice wall or if it something that only serves one purpose? If this is the case I really do not need the ice axe if I choose to simply climb a mountain that does not have an ice wall I am forced to climb.