This is a serious issue because I see a lot of people do this improperly, opening themselves to a potentially serious injury.
To remedy that, I’m going to demonstrate how you should do this safely, in a way that prevents the axe pick from puncturing your hip if (when) you fall.
To start, hold your ice axe with the pick and adze upright, at the top. Next, slide them through an ice axe loop on the back of your pack. Twirl the axe, so that the pick is facing inwards, and now flip the shaft up, securing it to the back of your pack. That’s all there is to it. If you fall, the blunt adze will connect with your hip and not the pick, potentially saving you the expense of a rescue.SectionHiker is reader-supported. We independently research, test, and rate the best products. We only make money if you purchase a product through our affiliate links. Help us continue to test and write unsponsored and independent gear reviews, beginner FAQs, and free hiking guides.