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Joe Anderson

Joe Anderson

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Hiking & Camping

Joe Anderson's Bio

A Silicon Valley network engineer, who's also a fierce weekend warrior! But I don't just limit going hard to the weekends... You can catch me on any day of the week at my local climbing gym conditioning for the next outdoor adventure.

In the summer and spring my wife and I go climbing outdoors every single weekend! Minus the occasional work commitment or a death in the family... :D

During winter and spring, we switch over to snowboarding and touring the back country.

Joe Anderson

Joe Andersonwrote a review of on June 12, 2018

I like, but not great on ice
4 5

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

Let me start by saying this is a personalized experience. I realize not everyone will use this in the same envioronment or the same way. I used this tool for solo climbing on Mt Shasta, California. Climbed using this axe and the BD Contact Strap with ABS plates crampons strapped to snowboard boots. Alpine start around 3 am, light and fast with snowboard strapped to back.

The axe was a nice tool to have, I'm 6'2 so it felt nice to have a tool which is just a bit longer than what I'm used to (BD Ultra Raven). It made uphill contact a breeze, and even made downhill contact without hunching over possible.

I really only have two complaints or cautions, which have been voiced in earlier posts:

- The axe is very light, making it difficult to get any real "heft" behind your swings
- The adze is kinda thin, making for a smaller surface area when you hit the snow / ice

We ran into ice on the way up. I was assisting those in my group to switch over from crampons to snowboard / skis, so we could decend as a storm was starting to settle in. It was difficult and time consuming to cut platforms, for members of my team to get an upright stance, so they could get locked into their gear.

The two complaints I listed above made the effort of cutting steps / platforms a little more difficult and time consuming than I would have liked. Perhaps my tehcnique with the new axe was a little off, as this was my first use of it. But immediately upon borrowing my wife's Ultra Raven, I was able to chop out two platforms in no time.

If you are just going out for a casual summit with good weather and soft conditions, this axe will serve you well. If you expect mixed conditions and possibly hard surface where you might want to do some chopping, you might have mixed results.

It also did well on the decent, and helped me arrest one or two times when the surface underfoot became really hard ice and I lost an edge on my board.