Forums The Gear Room Gear Question Again Viewing 4 posts - 1 through 4 (of 4 total) Author Posts March 17, 2005 at 4:45 pm #566541 TEX 2486 Posts Wanted to ask those who go, do you prefer an ice axe with a handle or without? And what type of stove do you use? I will be at altitude 7500-14000 feet in winter. March 17, 2005 at 5:34 pm #580819 bdub 40 Posts 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. March 17, 2005 at 6:46 pm #580820 TEX 2486 Posts 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? March 17, 2005 at 9:24 pm #580821 bdub 40 Posts 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. Viewing 4 posts - 1 through 4 (of 4 total) You must be logged in to reply to this topic.