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Grivel Nepal S.A. Ice Axe + Leash


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Nepal S.A. Ice Axe + Leash

Everything about the Grivel Nepal S.A. Ice Axe has been designed to make self-arresting easier, quicker, and more secure. Not a bad thing considering that providing a solid self-arrest is the one thing that your axe absolutely must do.
  • Slight curve in the upper shaft forces more weight onto the pick for a more secure self-arrest
  • Steel pick penetrates and holds well in hard neve snow
  • Drop-pick design bites in gradually instead of snagging and pulling the axe from your hands
  • Leash included
  • Item #GRV0026

[pick] steel, [shaft] aluminum
58cm, 66cm, 74cm
Leash Included
Claimed Weight
1lb 0.9oz
Recommended Use
ice climbing, mountaineering
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year

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What do you think about this product?


>Rating: 5

First Axe and love it!

I've used it several times

I've had it about a month or so now and already used it multiple times, it's saved me, literally! I love the light weight of it. Haven't had an issue with the spike protector breaking yet. Leash adjustment doesn't work too well for me but I have a tiny wrist. Also I am 5'4" and bought the 66cm. It's almost perfect for me but I think I could have went a size longer. So far no complains!


Where was the picture taken, Sheila?

>Rating: 5

Axe me a question, I'll tell you no lies

I've put it through the wringer

I've had mine for a long time, it was my first axe and I've never thought of replacing it. The length is perfect, works great building anchors, light and very effective when self arresting. Works great climbing also. Only thing is the leash, it gets tiring trying to switch hands while cutting switch backs constantly. The spike protector broke within about ten minutes, not a huge deal. I ended up removing the hand leash and opted to just tie off onto my harness to ease changing hands. Beginner or pro, this axe will suit. I promise ;)

>Rating: 4

Does its job

I've used it several times

I've been using it on Baker , Rainier and the North Cascades. I like the leash and the shape, it gives a good hold. The spike protector that is linked to the leash will break if you are not gentle with it, its a good idea. Its my first axe, been using it for 2 years.

>Rating: 3

It's OK.

I've put it through the wringer

My son likes the shape and length. It would be nice if the "shovel" end was a little wider and deeper. Reasonable weight for the size. One thing we've learned about axes... Get the longest available unless you are doing verticle climbing. My son's Nepal is 74cm, mine is a Stubai Tour Lite 85cm. The first axes we had were 55cm and 60cm, and were basically just dead wieght in the hand unless we were on very steep terrain. The longer ones can be used as a walking stick and will give you extra reach when you are on the snow and rocks. I use my 85cm alot, my 60cm spent most of its life strapped to my backpack. IMO My son is 5' 8" I'm 5' 10"


Grivel Nepal SA

>Rating: 4

Good First Axe

This was my first ice axe and it treated me well. A little heavier than other things out there, but I found that I liked the curve of the shaft more than it's straight shafted counterparts. The curve made it easier to press your chest against the shaft and leverage more weight onto the pick when in a self arrest position. Added leash is a nice bonus. I'm 5'9" and used a 66cm axe for general mountaineering for sizing purposes.

>Rating: 4

great value

I bought this axe for a mountaineering course in the north cascades. For an entry level axe I cant complain. Its not the lightest, but its comfortable to hold. The axe is meant to be held in self-belay grip (pick forward) the adze is large and good to grip, but it lacks and adze hole. The curve of the shaft is good for holding the axe in traction, and the included leash just makes the deal even better. The pic is using the axe for building a snow anchor


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. You can call or email me directly. 801-736-6398, or bporreca@backcountry.com


Is this a good axe for beginners? Thank...

Is this a good axe for beginners? Thanks