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 Post subject: I just saw the coolest new toy
PostPosted: Mon Apr 24, 2006 11:39 pm 
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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.


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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. :roll: Maybe people who use a whippet will have a different opinion...

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Im with shep.....although id go as far as saying, in my opinion, that thing is FUCKING RETARDED.

But thats just me....im retarded. :roll:

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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.


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Yeah, I guess not being able to plunge it sucks. It LOOKS cool at least, even if it is retarded :)


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Aw Crap!

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