Shortdistance Carries

Four-hand seat: This technique, useful for very short distances, requires two carriers who are the same height. The carriers grasp their own right wrist with their left hand, palms down. With the right hand, they grasp their partner's left wrist, forming a seat for the incapacitated person (fig. 17-6).

Ice-axe carry: This method permits longer carries than the four-hand seat. Carriers wearing rucksacks stand side by side, with the bundled shafts of two long-shaft ice axes supported between them in their pack straps. The person being carried sits on the padded shafts, arms over the carriers' shoulders (fig- 17-7).

Back carries: A strong climber can carry a person on his back for a considerable distance if the weight is distributed properly. The two back carries described earlier in this chapter—using webbing or a coiled rope—work well. The rucksack carry is another useful type of back carry. In this method, a large backpack is slit on the sides near the bottom so the carried person can step into it like a pair of shorts.

Fig. ¡7-7. Ice-axe carry

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