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A companion for your ice axe.
- Ideal for placing pickets and ascending steep terrain
- Movable pommel lets you climb steep snow and even ice without compromising plunging ability
- Slightly bent upper shaft clears bulges in technical terrain
- Stretch leash included
- Item #GRV0045
- Q & A
This is a great Ice Tool/Axe. Can climb vertical ice though not great at it, it's a great tool to have if you have steep couloirs to ascend. Just fine for glacier/snow walking. It's an all arounder. I also appreciate the "T" rating, often not found on similar axes. It is on the heavier side when compared to similar products, but I'll take the increased strength for the weight penalty. I went without the slider, to be honest I rarely would use the pommel on a tool like this.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
light and very useful on any steep ascent. the slider is a nice touch also. hammer works like a charm and the angle helps a ton when you need it.
great 2nd axe
This is a great 2nd axe for steep snow/glacier ascents. I don't believe the pick's angle is agressive enough for vertical ice. The description for the adze version of this axe says suitable for ice climbing, but I would reccomend dedicated tools for ice.
I have the earlier version with the standard leash.
Quality made and light
I have the version with the adz instead of the hammer. It's very light and with the T rated shaft I'm not afraid of bending it or causing damage. Works great and is easy to throw on a backpack whenever I'm heading up into the snow and ice. The leash has a nice rubber cover for the point. The point on the pick is pretty darn sharp. Pick up one of the Black Diamond Ice axe covers for the pick and/or adz to protect you and your gear.
The Perfect Pair!
This hammer and its matching axe make a perfect pair for almost any alpine climb short of hard technical ice and mixed. Liberty Ridge...N. Ridge of Baker? Perfect!
Pickets or pitons this hammer will do it all and it is decent as a single tool for self arrest.
What Size Should I get?
So for a versatile size, measure the distance between the tip of your middle finger while at your side and the malleolus of your ankle. This will provide the most versatile size for you.
If you intend to be on steeper terrain mostly, then you can use a shorter axe, if you are going to be on more moderate flatter terrain then a longer axe will suit you better.
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