the only stove i use in the mountains particularly in winter is the MSR XGK. yes it's loud, no you can't simmer, but it works fast. oops i lied, we used some Korean stoves this summer up to 19,000' they were terrible (but try travelling to foreign countries with stoves....and fuel!).
i don't understand the iceaxe question, how do you have one with out a handle? (or are you talking about whippets?). I am going to assume that you are talking about a mountain axe, if so any one will do, a bit shorter if the terrain will be steep longer if it won't, also add duct tape and/or foam pad or handlebar wrap around the top of the axe head where you carry it. this will keep your fingers from getting frostnip while holding onto metal in winter.
Joined: Wed Mar 09, 2005 4:15 pm Posts: 2578 Location: san diego CA
Thanks for the info bdub , I should clarify my handle question. I was looking at the raven from black diamond. They make one with a smooth handle and one with a rubber grip made into the handle. What do you prefer?
ay that makes more sense. just realized i actually have one of those, the raven pro to be exact, nice light axe to replace the old beast. no need to get a grip, you wil be holding the axe by the head 95% of the time.