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Petzl Glacier Ice Axe

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    Glacier Ice Axe

    The Glacier Ice Axe from Petzl offers you security in the mountains, something that is often in short supply. The anodized aluminum shaft is lightweight, corrosion-resistant, and extremely durable. A grooved lower handle, notched into the shaft itself, ensures that you have a solid place to grip if you are in a more technical section. The pick and adze are made of heat-treated steel for durability, and the bottom spike is made of stainless steel, letting it be easily plunged into icy ground. Holes for clipping carabiners on both the top and bottom let you easily rig this axe as an anchor in an emergency situation.

    • Anodized aluminum shaft
    • Grooved lower handle
    • Steel pick
    • Steel adze
    • Stainless steel bottom spike
    • Clipping hole on head and bottom spike
    • Item #PTZ002I

    Material
    [shaft] 7075 aluminum, [adze] heat-treated steel, [pick] steel
    Length
    60 cm, 68 cm, 75 cm
    Leash Included
    yes, LINKIN
    Claimed Weight
    [60cm] 12.3 oz, [68cm] 13 oz, [75cm] 13.8 oz
    Recommended Use
    mountaineering
    Manufacturer Warranty
    3 years

    Tech Specs

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    >Rating: 5

    Simple & Sturdy

    Familiarity:
    I've used it several times

    This is a great all-around axe for everything but vertical ice. It's light and simple, great for ski mountaineering and high summer traverses through the Sierra and Wind Rivers.

    >Rating: 4

    Super Light

    Familiarity:
    I've used it several times

    Great light weight ice axe. Used it on some spring tours and hardly noticed I had it on my back. The 68cm was a bit larger than I would like if your just using it for the final steep stretch of a climb. It stuck out above my pack a good 6 inches. But overall it did exactly what I needed and is extremely light.

    >Rating: 5

    Awesome for Skimo

    Familiarity:
    I've used it several times

    This Ice axe is really lightweight, which makes it perfect for long days touring, where you only need it at the final push up to the top of the lines. It is so lightweight that it doesn't make my pack feel heavier when I have it strapped to my pack. It also is a good size for skimo because it doesn't get in the way when I'm not using it.

    >Rating: 5

    Petzl Product features video

    Familiarity:
    I've put it through the wringer

    Petzl Product features video

    >Rating: 5

    Good for Self Arrests

    Familiarity:
    I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    I haven't used this extensively, but I have a buddy who bought this to use for self-arrests on the Pacific Crest Trail. The reason he got it is because it is one of the lightest ice tools you can get of this type, it is long enough to be a support while walking on ridge lines, and the price is totally reasonable. For thru-hikers or backpackers, or people doing some light mountaineering, this is a great tool to have on your back.

    >Rating: 4

    Petzl Glacier

    These are initial impressions: Bought this for a planned trip that might include spring snow in the Sierra Nevada. I am a backpacker rather than a climber so I was looking for an axe that came in lengths good for walking as well as self arrest and it came down to the Petzl Glacier or the Black Diamond Raven. I chose the Petzl to save a couple of ounces, and based on online reviews from several sites. It isn't as aethetically pleasing as my old ash handled ice axe from the '70s, but it is about a pound lighter. I was pleased that this axe came with the strap included. My only concern is how well the spike will hold up to my using the axe as a steadying cane on rock, compared to the more substancial (and heavier) spike on my old axe. All in all it looks good, it was a reasonable price, and it fits the bill for a piece of safety equipment that may spend more time on my pack than in my hand. It does make me sad that the only wood handled ice axes I see these days are the decorative handles on the main doors of the local REI. The touch and look of wood is much better for the soul, but alloy is much lighter.

    >Rating: 5

    Great Pick!

    Familiarity:
    I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    Ok, cheesy title. But, the Petzl Glacier was a great choice for my three day trip to Mt. Shasta last week. Light carry weight, whether on the pack or in the hand was greatly appreciated. At 68 cm my choice would have been normally quite fine, but the extremely soft snow ate up that length very quickly. No fault of the axe's design, but on me. Should have gone longer. Post climb inspection shows that the spike and shaft handled all the rock contact very well. The axe is now loaned out and on it's way to the Teton's for a few weeks.

    >Rating: 5

    Gets the job done

    Lightweight, durable and great grip. Nothing screams adventures liking strapping an ice axe to your pack. This guy gets the job done and does it well. I first used this on Mt. Whitney in early June in a heavy snow year which means I used this axe for over 3/4 of the trail. Performs well on easier snow crossing terrain as a walking stick/ slide insurance but also does great on steeper terrain to secure your next step. I am 5' 11'' and I used a 68mm but I also have pretty long arms. My brother is about my same height and he uses the next size down so it's all about personal preference there. Here's a picture of the axe in action on the mountaineering route of Mt. Whitney.

    Lightweight,
    >Rating: 5

    Great bang for your buck

    Familiarity:
    I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    Now I'm no pro, but this ice axe is pretty dang solid and will have you yelling "Gooooold!!" a la Yukon Cornelius on your next alpine climb. Solid, durable, comfortable to hold, lightweight, and it'll get cha stomping your way up a snowy couloir on your death march to the summit of Mount Sneffels in the springtime.

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    >Rating: 5

    Durable, lightweight and convenient

    Familiarity:
    I've put it through the wringer

    I think that the Glacier is a lot like Bd's Raven, but a little bit lighter.

    >Rating: 5

    First Ice Axe

    Familiarity:
    I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    I got this for winter mountain travel. Its lightweight and durable. A mistake I made was this: I didn't know it came with a leash so I bought one separately. It comes with one.

    >Rating: 5

    Climb that GD Mountain

    Familiarity:
    I've used it several times

    This is a great axe. It's light, strong, and gets the job done. Both ends of the axe penetrate hard snow and ice effectively. My buddies have the BD raven axe which is a great axe but this one is a bit lighter. One of the greatest aspects of this axe is the rounded edges on the shovel side so there's less risk of cutting your jacket when you're self arresting. Zero complaints about this product.

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    PETZL Glacier & Glacier LiteRide

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    PETZL - Commitment to Quality

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    Has anyone had issues with pounding in pickets with these? The spot on top of the pick in the center that you normally use to drive in pickets appears to be made of plastic... Seems like it would break if I'm wailing on a picket to drive it home. That's the only complaint I have about this axe...

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    Just received the axe, and the pick is surprisingly dull, but not from damage. It looks like there may be a clear coating on the metal, dulling the edges. Is this normal? Can it be removed?

    Hi Tom, Great to hear from you and thanks for reaching out to us for your questions! So generally speaking you don't really need a sharp Ice Axe at all. As long you can lay your weight into the axe if you should ever have to self-arrest then the pick will most certainly bite into the snow/ice for you. Need more info/beta? Want help getting geared up for your next adventure? Feel free to reach out to me directly @ nreed@backcountry.com