Joined: Fri May 13, 2005 8:05 am Posts: 1472 Location: 395
I was in a mountaineering shop oogling over things I can't afford to buy and I saw this ice axe w/ a twist. It's made by Petzl, is a glacier style axe and has an extendable ski pole out the bottom! Has anyone used one of these? I want one. What a cool idea.
Joined: Sat Feb 04, 2006 8:59 am Posts: 550 Location: Stowe, VT
I'm totally being a hater, but personallly, I think they suck. it's the worst of both worlds... you can't plunge it like an ice axe, and you can't hold it comfortably for poleing like a real pole. Maybe people who use a whippet will have a different opinion...
Joined: Sun Feb 05, 2006 10:13 pm Posts: 38 Location: Jackson, WY
The snowscopic, i think it's called.
In interesting idea, but I agree with Shep. Limits the versatility of an ice axe. I think it also encourages people to lengthen the axe and use it as a walking stick, which defeats the purpose IMHO.
If you're in terrain that truly warrants an ice axe, i think its better to carry poles and a separate axe, even if its super short, lightweight, ski mountaineering sorta deal.