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Dave Thexton's picture
Climbing Gear Geek
Jul 27th 2015
Hi Alistair, The answer is very likely no. If your quick draw or extender is connected to the handle of the ice screw then the increased leverage can dramatically effect the strength of the placement. It is always better to use a shorter ice screw that you can screw flush into the ice than a longer one that protrudes.... (more)

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Louise Tahnee's picture
Jul 22nd 2015
Light Light Light! and maybe longer than average too... The main use for an ice screw while ski touring will be if you fall in a crevasse and need to secure yourself. You will rarely use them for anchors as (hopefully) the snow will be too soft to hold them.

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Dave Thexton's picture
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Jul 21st 2015
Hey Olga, Your question really depends on what kind of climbing you are thinking of doing. However, you would rarely go wrong with a selection of medium size screws and one longer screw for making threads and anchors. The smallest screws are great if you are climbing on thinner ice but it's best to use slightly longer ones if possible. Thanks, Dave

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