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 Post subject: Ice axe recommendations
PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 2005 11:48 am 
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What are people out there using for an ice axe while snowboarding? Looking for something that packs well and is easy on the wallet (duh!).


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 2005 12:29 pm 
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I'm a big fan of the whippet. It's not a "real" ice axe, but is pretty damn handy. For most of the stuff I do, I find that's all I need.


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I'm using a Grivel Evolution (www.grivel.it). Has a T rated shaft so suitable for most classic mountaineering purposes and is light (<500g). I have the shortest (48cm) and with a slightly bent shaft it packs nicely.


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Cassin Dragonfly (9 oz.) for self arrest, and B.D. Prophet straight shaft for real work.

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I second Jon's vote for the Prophet. 'light' and short enough to sit on a small pack. You should be able to pick a pair of these up on ebay for under $100. I'm happy with the BD Raven ($60), too.. Not super light, but it's got just the right amount of heft for choppin steps if you need to.

Whippets look really versatile, too. They're pretty high up on my want list.

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I use a BD raven for most of the ascents, fairly light and affordable, but stron g and durable.

I also use the BD prophets when steeper couloirs or fall gulley climbing is involved. Great axes.

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I spent some extensive amount of time researching and even trying many brands of axes last season. I found that most axes, be it made of aluminum or steel, were uncomfortable when carring it with thin gloves. This was due to most constructions types on current axes. Most are stamped out of a flat piece of metal. Then the aze portion is welded on or twisted out of the flat piece of metal. The problem is the flat section of the axe head tends to cut into the hand when carring it. Many climbers wrap duct tape around to make it more comfortable and to insulate from the metal.
I found that BD and Grivel are the only two who make lightweight axes with formed axe heads. The benifit of this is the heads are mushroomed at the top where the axe rests in the palm. This is much more comfortable! Check out the BD Raven/Raven Pro or most Grivel models.


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thanks for the input everybody


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