He swung his ice ax into the wall in front of him, dug in the toes of his crampons and began to ascend toward Dean.
It was constructed of narrow boards and chewed by the cutting crampons of hundreds of climbers.
Abruptly the scratching sound of the crampons beneath his feet told him he'd reached the first mounds of solid ice.
That and the crampons are the key tools The sinister instrument was serrated on one end of its curved claw, with an adze blade on the other side of the crescent.
The retreating blonde woman's rope and crampons lay discarded at the edge of the path, the bag from their recent purchase crumpled nearby.