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An ice axe that’s warm and comfortable? Yes.
The Petzl Summit Mountaineering Axe has a rubber-coated aluminum shaft to improve your grip and insulate your hands on the way to the top. A hot-forged steel head and adze ensure plenty of durability so as to be able to handle the abuse of life in the mountains; you won’t need to re-sharpen it every time you head out for some peak bagging. Petzl also curved the upper shaft for improved clearance on steep terrain so you can take it on technical routes instead of only walk-ups. A stainless steel bottom spike enables easy plunging into all but the iciest of footing. With carabiner clips on the top and bottom, this axe can be used easily and efficiently as an anchor-system.
- Rubber-coated, anodized aluminum shaft
- Hot-forged steel pick and adze
- Stainless steel bottom spike
- Carabiner-clips on top and bottom
- Item #PTZ002K
- Q & A
From the ADKs to the Summit of Rainier
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
For starters I have the original Petzl Summit, but may be able to speak to the overall design and allow you to compare. As the headline implies I've taken this ax on a range of adventures. I used it on Giant Mountain (ADK), MT Shuksan's Fischer Chimney, Mt Rainier, and all sorts in-between. Self arrest?...it locks in fast and hard so hold on tight. Winnie's slide on Shuksan was almost solid ice when I climbed it and this ax gave solid holds all the way up. The bend in the shaft really locks the ax in. It worked well for the couple simi-technical spots around the Ice-fall on Rainier and perfect for a walking stick. In the ADKs where there's lots of ice I can cut steps out no problem. Folks say it's heavy?...do a few more push-ups and you'll be fine. I thought about buying the Raven Pro because I borrowed one on Mt Washington and liked it, but then I thought why do that when this ax gives you a huge verity of possibility. Safe travels, folks.
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The weights listed are for the Summit Evo. The Summit 2 weighs less: 52cm is 360g, 59cm is 380g, 66cm is 400g
Hey Ben, does this Axe use rubber anywhere on the shaft?