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The right tool for the job.
- Vibration-dampening, interchangeable grips allow for leashless or leashed use, as well as alpine climbing
- Double-pommel grip adds security and versatility
- Interchangeable head components allow for easy switching between adze and hammer, as well as affordable pick replacement
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Can you get this with an adze? also, would...
Can you get this with an adze? also, would this work for both vertical ice and ski mountaineering?
it does not come with one but the x alp does, buy one of each?
You can buy the x-adze from CAMP that will fit on these tools: http://www.camp-usa.com/products/categories/cassin-technical-ice.asp
The do it all tool
As the name implies the All Mountain Tool does it all. From alpine ice, to high altitude, and back to mixed cragging this is my do it all ice tool of choice.
The most important thing about an ice tool is the balance, and Cassin got it absolutely correct on the All Mountain Tool. The swing is very natural, and the pick is aggressive and effective. It is light enough to use in the mountains, pounds pins with relative ease, and hooks edges with precision. The upper hand grip allows me to easily shake out, and it walks like an alpine tool should on the approaches and descents. The hammer, adze and pick changes are all very simple and the large hole in the spike make for very easy and efficient changes in leash positions when alpine climbing. On 40-50 degree slopes I love the curve in the shaft as I am able to hold the upper grip thereby keeping my fingers warmer most of the time by not coming in contact with the snow or ice.
While climbing in Europe the past two months I used these tools on countless pitches of trad M5, hard alpine ice and beautiful ice pillars. This tool is light and very aggressive, and that is why I will take it with me everywhere from Ouray to 8,000 meters again this year.
**Fabrizio Zangrilli is a CAMP sponsored athlete who tests the gear over hundreds of miles of technical climbing each year, then provides feedback for improvements or endorsements. This is one of many pieces of CAMP gear that have passed his test. Learn more about Fabrizio by visiting the athletes section at CAMP-USA.com