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Everything a shovel should be.
When you're looking for durability and simplicity in your backcountry kit, load up the Arva Access Shovel. With a blade and oval-shaped shaft built of solid aluminum, it can chop through debris and shape pits without slowing you down. It's not the biggest shovel in the world, but it weighs under a pound, so you can balance weight and snow-moving capability when you're on those more speedy tours.
- Detachable oval aluminum shaft
- Aluminum blade
- T-shaped handle
- Item #CMA001C
- Q & A
Great, Compact Shovel
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
If you're looking for a small, light, simple shovel, this is perfect. The handle is non-extendable so if you're a decently tall person, it gets annoying digging for long periods of time. Even in shallow rescue practice it can get annoying, as well as when digging a pit for an ECT. This stays on my lightweight vest for shorter tours.