I've done the same thing, a few times. Just yesterday, actually...
Soooo many times, I've done this but the consequences on North Guard were the worst! Pretty funny now!
I've done the same thing but had to use an old tree branch. Glad I didn't have to use it to arrest.
BWAHAHA!! I've done the branches on icy trails, or pockets full of rocks to throw down and walk on. I am not a micro spike person! Crampons or nothing. >:)
But in your case, I get your point and you rock!
Finally someone shows the truth of real alpinism!! Ha ha ha. Yep.
Never seen an actual photo of this "Basic Rockcraft" skill. Is that because we're all too busy warming our wet cold hands?
Love your purple jacket Deb.
And you too!
Thanks, Jack! Good to hear from ya! <3