Strapping boys axe to backpack?

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  1. Dog Flip

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    Just new to the axe carry thing, but any slick way to strap a 24"-26" axe on your pack for security and quick retrieval? Pics would help please:6:
     
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    What kind of pack do you have? Really depends on what you have to work with.
     
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    I put mine on the side of my pack and secure it down with the compression straps.
     
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    I have a Maxped Vulture 2. Big pack with a fair good amount support.
     
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    Here is how Terry fastened his to his Maxped Condor II. I think you could do similar. I am not familiar with either pack though.

    Tricked Out Maxpedition Condor II - YouTube

    I usually use an alice pack and just tuck the axe behind the pocket.
     
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    For that pack, you could use the small loop sewn to the sides at the top:

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    Use that with either a small loop of cordage (e.g. a canadian jam knot for easy on/off), or what I've used in the past is a small velcro loop for cord organizing. You run that through the sewn on tab and around the haft of the axe so it rests under the head and suspends the axe from the top, then run the haft through the compression straps. Makes it secure but easy enough to get it on and off the pack.
     
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    Use the compression straps and if your having trouble holding the head up you can rig a loop to hold it somewhere up at the top of the pack.
     
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    I'm going to try both methods shown, but never thought of putting ax handle through molle attachments! Pretty cool
     
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    FYI - Assuming it's the same as the Condor II and Falcon II I've had, the axe will fit through the large loops on the front of the Vulture II but not the loops on the side of the pack (unless you pull out some of the webbing stitches to make one larger loop).
     
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    The loops on the vulture II (front) are 3 inches wide
     
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    I suggest you slip the handle through the "Y" shaped compression strap that goes over the front of the pack, with the head resting in the crotch of the Y, then slip the handle through with wide MOLLE webbing below on the front of the pack.
     
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    I use the maxpedition flash light holder to carry my axe on all my pals packs. Works really good and you can change where you put it if you need to.
     
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    Good call Iz, I thought of trying the baton/flashlight holder for an axe before, but I didn't have one and I forgot all about it before I got a chance to order one. I'll have to add that to the list :D
     
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    Awesome! It's time to trick out my pack!:4:
     
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    With the tac-ties sold by Maxpedition, you can secure your axe in several different configurations on your pack.
     
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    I like the way I rig my 25" ScFA to my Maxpedition Sitka. It doesn't come out extremely fast, but it's quite secure for such a small pack.

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    See that black axe?
     
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    I don't have a pic, but I will try and get one tomorrow. My North Face pack has an ice axe loop and a velcro handle strap. I just put it there. Seems to work well and is very easy to get off when needed. YMMV.
     
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    I carry a prusik knot that pulls double duty as an axe carrier.
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    I take the prusik and then fashion a loop using my molle webbing (note molle webbing is not required for this method, any loop, strap, etc that feed the prusik through will work.)
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    Next I slide my axe through the loop
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    My prusik is fairly large, so i twist the axe and cordage around a few times to make the loop smaller and tighter around the axe's head and haft (you can get away with a much smaller loop if you don't use it for a prusik). - ETA For safety reasons I like to orientate the axe's bit away from my body, I point the bit out board away from my body...just in case I unexpectedly fall backwards the chances of the axe cutting through the sheath and cutting me are minimized.

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    Next I flip the axe around making sure that top of the axes head is resting on the prusiks cordage. This is key to help ensure your axes doesnt' slip out. It's basically a make shift shelf if you will.

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    Then I secure my lashing straps and this baby is all buckled in with no where to go. If you don't have dedicated lashing straps you can always use the prusik type knot shown here to make some down and dirty ones that work just fine.

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    Skunkwork,

    What is the knot that you use to tie the ends of the prussik together?
     
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    i used a fishermans knot

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    I just use a simple paracord braided ring, and the compression straps on my pack .. well and stuff the handle down behind the pocket. works great for me.

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    the axe is a custom 18" wetterlings .
    pack is a mystery ranch 3 day assault pack with 3 zipper opening.

    Talon
     
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    Here is a pic as promised of how I do mine. Insert Axe throught ice Axe loop twist a couple of times and strap off to verticle loop on pack. Axe is a 20" Wetterlings large hunting axe. On the other side is my folding bucksaw. It is tucked behind-the-scene compression straps and resting in the side pocket.
    Hope this helps.
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    I make these molle axe collars for my pack....they stay tight against the pack and don't fall out...easy to.grab also
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    Damn fine collar if you ask me. I might have to try something like that.

    I just use a ring of 550 cord that i braided and tied onto one of the Molle straps on the side.

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    On my Kelty Redwing 3100 there's space between the main bag and the side pocket. The bottom of the side pocket is velcro'd to the main bag. I slide my axe down through the velcro and into the mesh bottom pocket. The velcro along with the bottom and top compression strap hold it pretty tight. If I'm in my kayak or scrambling I'll clip the axe mask around the top compression strap.

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