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Mountain security in a lightweight package.
The Glacier Literide from Petzl provides excellent security and holding power in a lightweight, pack-friendly package. Because of its small stature and lightweight aluminum shaft, this axe is ideal for ski- and snowboard-mountaineering, especially given that it can easily be strapped to a pack for the descent. The toothed steel pick and steel adze provide a stable anchor and efficiently cut steps into the snow, respectively. The stainless steel bottom spike plunges easily into even the hardest snow, and the top and bottom both feature carabiner-clip holes for easy anchoring.
- Anodized aluminum shaft
- Grooved handle etched in shaft
- Toothed steel pick
- Steel adze
- Stainless steel bottom spike
- Clipping holes in head and bottom spike
- Item #PTZ002J
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
it's alright for steep snow, but there's much better options out there.
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- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
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A good tool
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I needed a small, light axe to fill a hole in my quiver for skimountaineering. Yet, it needed to be solid enough for traditional alpine work. This axe has fit the bill perfectly. I have only used it on one skimountaineering trip but it performed great. It really shone on the steeper rock and snow pitches. The metal spike and one piece pick/adze combo all had solid traction. If you are going to spend most of your time going up or down nearly vertical this is a great choice. For me the selling point is the 50cm length. It is long enough for a boot-axe belay and for decent self-arrest but short enough that it stays tucked below the level of my pack. For skiing this is a huge factor in my decision to buy this axe. I highly recommend it for anyone into skimountaineering.