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Petzl Summit 2 Mountaineering Axe


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Summit 2 Mountaineering Axe

The Petzl Summit Mountaineering Axe has an anodized aluminum shaft for added protection in the elements. A hot-forged steel head and adze ensure plenty of durability so as to be able to handle the abuse of life in the mountains; you won’t need to re-sharpen it every time you head out for some peak bagging. Petzl also curved the upper shaft for improved clearance on steep terrain so you can take it on technical routes instead of only walk-ups. A stainless steel bottom spike enables easy plunging into all but the iciest of footing. With carabiner clips on the top and bottom, this axe can be used easily and efficiently as an anchor-system.

  • Anodized aluminum shaft
  • Hot-forged steel pick and adze
  • Stainless steel bottom spike
  • Carabiner-clips on top and bottom
  • Item #PTZ002K

[shaft] 7075 aluminum, [pick and adze] hot forged steel
Leash Included
Claimed Weight
[52cm] 12.7 oz, [59cm] 13.4 oz, [66cm] 14.1 oz
Recommended Use
ski mountaineering
Manufacturer Warranty
3 years

Tech Specs

What do you think about this product?


>Rating: 5

No Complaints!

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

This axe is pretty sweet! As someone just getting into mountaineering, I brought it on some mellow low angle stuff for an added aspect of safety and it worked nicely! I did some practice self-arresting and it gripped nicely into the snow. This is a great middle of the pack axe in terms of price, weight, and features. Excited to get to know this axe and snowy terrain next winter!

>Rating: 5

My New Favorite

I've put it through the wringer

I've recently replaced much of my heavy old gear with new lightweight stuff. Along with skis/bindings/boots, I replaced steel crampons with the Petzl Leopard crampon and Ride axe. The Ride is super light and great for a second tool, but at only 45cm is useless on lower angle terrain. I still needed to replace my old Chouinard piolet. I chose the summit and am so glad I did. I bought the 59cm axe and it's perfect. I'm 6'0" and it's now my #1 all around axe. It has more heft than the Ride for swinging, giving better penetration and with the longer shaft, a more secure plunge in softer conditions. The true spike plunges way better in firm conditions than the Ride's angled aluminum cut at the end of the shaft. There's nothing I do't like about this axe. I added the Trigrest to this and the Ride and recommend it to anyone considering it.


Kirk, what pack is that?

>Rating: 5

First-rate axe for mountaineering

I've put it through the wringer

Love my Summit 2. I have equipped the Summit 2 with the Petzl Trigrest, and I think the combination of the two yields an exceptionally useful axe for mountaineering. Steep snow fields, especially, are easily managed using piolet manche technique, with curve of the axe and the the Trigrest giving extra support and simplifying transition to piolet traction when necessary. The pick works well for neve and hard snow and is decent on ice, though far from a true ice tool. The anodizing wears off very quickly from plunging the spike into firm snow, but other than that the axe remains in good shape. Overall highly recommended.

>Rating: 5

Great Axe

Love this axe. Pretty light, good design, and the upper shaft curve adds to clearance and doesn’t inhibit walking ability. I totally recommend it. A little harder to stow on certain packs because of the curve versus a traditional design.

>Rating: 4

Light Weight Backup

I've used it several times

Extremely lightweight! I do however wish they had used an easy bolt to swap the pick out for when it comes time.

>Rating: 5

Petzl selling features video

I've put it through the wringer

Petzl Summit and Summit EVO selling features

>Rating: 5

From the ADKs to the Summit of Rainier

I've put it through the wringer

For starters I have the original Petzl Summit, but may be able to speak to the overall design and allow you to compare. As the headline implies I've taken this ax on a range of adventures. I used it on Giant Mountain (ADK), MT Shuksan's Fischer Chimney, Mt Rainier, and all sorts in-between. Self arrest? locks in fast and hard so hold on tight. Winnie's slide on Shuksan was almost solid ice when I climbed it and this ax gave solid holds all the way up. The bend in the shaft really locks the ax in. It worked well for the couple simi-technical spots around the Ice-fall on Rainier and perfect for a walking stick. In the ADKs where there's lots of ice I can cut steps out no problem. Folks say it's heavy? a few more push-ups and you'll be fine. I thought about buying the Raven Pro because I borrowed one on Mt Washington and liked it, but then I thought why do that when this ax gives you a huge verity of possibility. Safe travels, folks.


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The weights listed are for the Summit Evo. The Summit 2 weighs less: 52cm is 360g, 59cm is 380g, 66cm is 400g

Thanks Travis!

Hey Ben, does this Axe use rubber anywhere on the shaft?