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  • #576719

    shorty? or Super-long alpenstock style?

    #654279
    wasatch surf
    979 Posts

    splitboarding with a short axe is pointless unless you are doing super tech ice stuff. go longer.

    #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.

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    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

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    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

    #654281

    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

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