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How to Place an Ice Screw with Stephen Koch

Posted on athlete Stephen Koch demonstrates how to place an ice screw while ice climbing.

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Mediocre video. Not a definitive source on ice screws or how and where to place them, so get some extra advice on it before going on a first lead on ice. When he was winding in the screw, there was no ice getting extruded through the center. It seems that it was placed into a hollow or pocket in the ice, and is just about useless in the event of a lead fall. A poorly placed screw is a bad placement, and of no use (even placing the belayer in harm's way).