Forums The Gear Room What lenght Ice ax is the best? Viewing 4 posts - 1 through 4 (of 4 total) Author Posts March 31, 2012 at 9:20 pm #576719 wasatchfreeride84093 200 Posts shorty? or Super-long alpenstock style? April 2, 2012 at 12:57 am #654279 wasatch surf 979 Posts splitboarding with a short axe is pointless unless you are doing super tech ice stuff. go longer. April 2, 2012 at 7:29 pm #654280 Powder_Rider 498 Posts +1 Wastach Surf; splitboarding with a short axe is pointless unless you are doing super tech ice stuff. go longer. . The rule of thumb for ice-axe length for General Mountaineering (aka snow climbing, glaciers) is: For proper length: “hold the ice axe at your side (hand on top of the ice axe head) and the pick of the axe should be at your ankle bone. You want a length so that you gain gain proper leverage for self-arresting. Also you want a length that is allows for the adze and pick to be away from your body when your in the self arrest position, See video below [youtube:63e6qnel]Bosa_P1a_Dw[/youtube:63e6qnel] and [youtube:63e6qnel]LM3xLshmNnk[/youtube:63e6qnel] In the past (climbing the Mendenhall Glacier in Juneua, AK), I purchased a shorter Ice axe (55 cm) instead of the proper length (65cm or 70cm axe) for me, because I wanted to use an axe for both Glacier travel and technical ice. This was a mistake. Glacier travel and snow mountaineering was more difficult with the shorter axe for me. On subsequent trips to the Mendenhall Glacier, my experience was more rewarding with less effort, because I used properly-sized axe, You can always shorten the grip of axe using a sling, but you cannot replace length (see The Freedom of the Hills book) If you live near a ski area with a half pipe, (which has closed for the season), try renting an ice axe, and practice your self-arrest, other snow mountaineering techniques (such as the french technique). What I do not know is how the length of the axe affects riding a splitboard. See this thread http://splitboard.com/talk/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=6797 and this thread ” Re: ice axes and sizing” Barrows: I prefer a shorter axe, and always a steel tool and crampons. I find a 50 cm axe is totally adequate, and more useful when the axe is really needed for climbing, as well as an easier carry when riding really steep, exposed terrain where a self arrest, or self belay might be necessary… http://splitboard.com/talk/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=13200&p=97336#p97336 April 5, 2012 at 9:49 pm #654281 wasatchfreeride84093 200 Posts I do wish that I had multiple axes for peak-bagging, glaciers, aswell as split-touring. But because i just could afford one it was going to be a 65cm. if i could afford another on i would get a raven ultra ( http://www.blackdiamondequipment.com/en-us/shop/climb/ice-axes-piolets/raven-ultra-ice-axe )in a 55cm for storage on my pack when riding like you said Burton freebird/ spark blazes/ burton ruler boots 2010 burton custom solid Viewing 4 posts - 1 through 4 (of 4 total) You must be logged in to reply to this topic.