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Lighten up a bit.

Staying prepared in the backcountry requires a lot of gear, but that doesn't mean there aren't shortcuts you can take to shave weight without sacrificing safety. The Backcountry Access Shaxe Speed Shovel features an interchangeable shovel blade and ice axe head, eliminating the need for a redundant shaft. This not only cuts down on weight, but also saves space for a more streamlined feel, too. 

  • Shovel and ice axe combo that shaves weight and bulk
  • Interchangeable ice axe/shovel heads
  • Aluminum alloy construction for lightweight strength
  • Smooth blade for shaving snow pit walls
  • Holes for use as snow anchor or emergency sled
  • Item #BCA000W

[shovel blade] 6061 T6 aluminum, [ice axe pick] 7075 aluminum
6061 T6 aluminum
Assembled Length
[shovel mode] 27.5 in, [axe mode] 20 in
Blade Dimensions
9.4 x 11.2 in
Claimed Weight
[shovel mode] 1 lb 6.4 oz, [axe mode] 9.6 oz, [total] 1 lb 11.2 oz
Recommended Use
backcountry touring
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year

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>Rating: 5

Always toss it in my pack

I've put it through the wringer

Why carry around a shovel handle and axe when you don't have to. I love this 2 in 1 combo. With the lightweight aluminum axe head, i never think twice about tossing it in my bag, where as with an ice axe i would only bring it if i knew i needed it. Great addition for ski mountaineering in mostly snow and easy ice. The steel head is helpful too if you know you're getting into steep blue ice and rock.

>Rating: 5

Key for Missions Deep in the BC

I've put it through the wringer

I love it when a company nails a product I have been dreaming about. An ice axe that attaches to a shovel blade - eliminate another piece of metal weighing you down in your pack. The Shaxe is not only an essential piece of gear for keeping weight down for big missions, but also really helpful when snow conditions are leaning more towards hardpack and an ice axe might be more useful than a shovel - but, of course we still want a shovel in the event of avalanche, for snow pits, digging a shelter (think hard windslab, spring melt-freeze). Where it truly shines is what it was purpose built for: carrying deep into the mountains to climb and ski your dream lines.