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Short and simple, but life-saving.
Traversing steep faces in ski boots becomes a little less terrifying with the CAMP USA Neve Axe in your hand. For mountaineers and ski mountaineers alike, being able to competently self-arrest can mean the difference between a good trip and not coming home, and the Neve’s steel pick grabs the snow forcefully when you lose your footing. The steel bottom spike penetrates hard-packed snow, and when you need an emergency anchor, just clip to the carabiner holes at top or bottom. The included leash ensures you don’t let the Neve slip out of your fingers.
- Chromoly steel pick and adze
- Curved adze
- Carabiner holes at head and spoke
- Steel spike
- Come with sliding leash
- Item #CMP001G
- Q & A
Great ice axe, but...
1. The leash it comes with is meh. It's cumbersome, and the way it sits makes it naturally want to twist from proper orientation if not held in the dominant hand. Also, often when building an anchor, i find myself having to unleash due to the restricted motion, which is less than preferable. This is, of course, solvable by girthing on your own runner, so not a hug complaint.
2. My bigger complaint is that the head on the pick side is serrated in an area where you would typically do a boot belay. This is an issue in my opinion, and i guess I don't really understand the philosophy behind this.
Other wise fantastic ice axe.
Good affordable axe
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
This axe served me well on my adventures on several Ecuadorian volcanoes. The price can't be beat, and the leash was useful although I would recommend fixing a leash to your harness rather than hand.
Pros: Lightweight, sturdy
Cons: Irregular shaped holes for carabiners, strange film coating on steel spike/pick
how do you determine the length needed
So for traditional mountaineering you will hold the axe by the head and the spike of the axe should just barely be touching the ground.
If you are doing Ski-Mountaineering or more modern Alpine-style climbing you will want the shortest axe you can get, something like 50-55cm.
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