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Niche axe

For what it is it is brilliant. However, super light axes have their limit. If you really need to swing this tool in to get some climbing done, it is just too light weight to make steeper climbing efficient and safe. For snowy ski mountaineering and alpine rock emergencies this is my go to tool. The spike at the bottom tends to plug and ball up with snow. Otherwise awesome tool.

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Agree. Put a huge dent in the shaft trying to pound in a picket on Shuksan in harder snow. Luckily I had a second tool on me to finish the job. I think this is better as a "just in case" tool where maybe you wouldn't normally bring an axe.