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Self-Arrest refers to the technique of using an Ice Axe to recover from a fall on steep snow or ice.

Here is an instructional video from YouTube. One note is that if are not wearing crampons, you should use your toes to help arrest! {{#widget:YouTube||id=LM3xLshmNnk}}

Information on self-arrest can be found in these scanned PDF's (from Mountaineering: Freedom of the Hills):

Access to these documents is restricted.