I wish there'd been a keen frost, and we could have tried an ice axe somewhere.
A bear is an expert Alpinist; he requires no ice axe and no lantern.
After many years' experience, the writer has come to the conclusion that there is no support superior to the ice axe.
The latter turned out and found that a Tibetan had seized an ice axe and a mallet and was busy hammering on our store boxes.
Chopping the pathway with an ice axe, we managed to make fair progress.