Ice Axes are designed to aid mountaineers climb, scramble , and walk on the ice. There are many types and functions to choose from that are designed to serve an exact need. The type of ice-axe which is suitable for a particular activity will depend on the head’s weight, head size, and curvature.
It is crucial to prevent a fall from a slope of ice or snow by using Buying Your First Ice Axe to crush the ice at your chest height. If you do it swiftly you can avoid yourself from falling too far and potentially being injured.
You must be able to operate an ice-axe safely and effectively. This requires proper instruction as well as a helmet for climbing and practice with a partner.
How to Choose an Ice Axe
Your style of climbing and length of shaft and whether you use the adze or the pick will determine the ice axe that is suitable for you. The most popular types of ice axes are:
General-mountaineering (piolet ramasse)
A curved shaft that allows for better clearance is typically used with this kind of Ice axe. Its design also offers more comfort than a straight shaft.
This kind of ice axe tends to be lighter and is intended for more casual mountaineering, ice hiking or ski touring conditions where you don’t have to deal with the steepest snow slopes. It can be more comfortable to walk with than a technical ice-climbing model and can be used in non-technical scrambling or rock climbing situations where a lightweight option is preferred.
Hybrid ice axes tend to combine the best of both worlds: general-mountaineering models with slightly curved shafts and a recurve pick, and more technical-ice-climbing models with a more traditional straight-shaft design. These models might appeal to climbers who want the comfort of a friendly support staff and self-arrest aid for moderate snow slopes as well as an axe that is ready for more technical demands on steeper, icier sections.
This ice axe has a recurve pick, which makes it easier to swing and hook into snow or ice. It can also be used to cut steps and seats in ice and snow, even if you’re not climbing using the axe.
It is also important to consider the size of the ice the axe. Most mountaineers recommend that the axe is as long as it is possible and with a wide enough head to allow for plenty of leverage when swinging and climbing.
A solid grip is crucial for ice axe safety. It must not slip in snowy or mountain conditions. This is an important aspect of ice axe safety as it could be the difference between life and death when you fall down a mountain or down an icy slope.
This ice axe features an ergonomic grip and is designed to fit your hands as a glove which makes it easier for you to hold the axe in a secure manner and control it when you’re in the mountains or on glacier terrain. It comes with a stainless-steel adze and a hot-forged steel body and shaft made of anodized aluminum. It weighs 16oz. It is available in lengths ranging from 58cm to 66cm and 74cm.