How to Use Ice Picks to Self-Rescue
Remember: the ice picks in your truck or shelter don’t do you any good!
Always wear your picks around your neck and run the cables down each sleeve to provide immediate access to your picks.
If the ice breaks under you, dumping you into cold water, it will probably induce panic as an involuntary response.
According to experts at IFLScience, you can expect a sudden shock as your body hits the water. “Your body’s physiological response is to go into what is called “cold water shock". The shock causes your respiration rate, heart rate, and blood pressure to increase dramatically, which can cause ventricular fibrillation and cardiac arrest – basically sudden death.”
The first thing you need to do is slow your breathing down. You’ve got time before hypothermia sets in, and a clear head can save your life.
When you’ve got control over the situation again, get your ice picks in each hand and rescue yourself.
Ice Fishing Pick Buying Guide
Safety and self-rescue aren’t things to take lightly.
You may never need to pull yourself out of the water, and if not, count yourself lucky. But if the worst does happen, you need to have the right equipment to save your life.
Ideally, you’re wearing your ice picks as you should be. But having an extra pair around is never a bad idea, and you may need to help someone else on the ice.
Finding safety gear quickly necessitates bright, contrasting colors like safety yellow and orange.
Black handles just won’t cut it for life-saving gear.
The handles on ice picks need to provide enough grip to really pull yourself up onto the ice.
Obviously, they need to be sturdy enough for the task and shaped to be easy to use, no matter how you manage to grip them.
If you look carefully at these handles, you'll notice that they can only be used in one orientation.
“Cool” features like finger grooves mean that the pick is really only useful when gripped the right way.
That’s a no-go.
You want round handles that let you grab and use them any way you can.
The spikes on your safety pick need to be sharp enough to penetrate the ice with less-than-ideal force.
Since the spikes need to be very sharp to work well, they need to be covered to prevent you from tearing your hands or your clothes to shreds.
I like everything about these Eagle Claws except the exposed spikes.
Retractable covers are a must for sharp ice picks.
We wouldn’t recommend any product we wouldn’t expend on ourselves, and I’d take either of these out on the ice.
As always, we hope we helped you learn something, but if you have any questions or concerns, we’re here to answer them.
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