Decent belays in classic snow gullies can be hard to find. Sometimes on a big open snow slope there will be no other possible options beyond burying your axes, and that won’t work very well unless the snow is hard.
The Deadman gives you an element of security in some of the most insecure places. Make sure you’ve got one clipped to the back of your harness the next time you head out winter climbing.
Top tip: It is imperative that the Deadman is placed correctly to ensure maximum holding power. A well placed Deadman will dig itself deeper under load, whilst a poorly placed device will pull out very easily.
PlanetFear and Andy Kirkpatrick have a good article on winter protection.
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