Black Diamond’s revised-for-2013 Aspect and Lotus harnesses are as close to perfect as I’ve come across, so far. The only feature they are lacking is four properly positioned ice clipper slots. Here’s my how-to guide to attach two ice clippers to the back of the harness, utilizing the massive stash loop for strength and integrity.
What you’ll need:
1x 2012/13 Black Diamond Aspect or Lotus harness
2x Petzl Ice Clippers
2x 50cm length of 9/16” stretch cord
Figure 1. Tie one end of the stretchy cord to the ice clipper, through the handy hole at the top.
Figure 2. Clip the ice clipper through the stash loop. I don’t trust the cord to stay tied, or be strong enough to support any amount of weight, which is why I put the ice clipper through the stash loop. In case you are wondering, this stash loop will hold at least 160lb / 72kg — to test, I hung myself from the loop!
Figure 3 & 4. Wrap the cord around the back of the harness, through the ice clipper, around the gear loop, harness waistbelt, etc. until you are satisfied it won’t shift and move around.
Figure 5. Tie off the end using a series of half hitches.
Figure 6. Repeat for second ice clipper.