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Ice axes

Choosing the right ice axe for alpinism

Whether you are looking for an ultralightweight axe, an adze or hammer axe, we have everything you need! An essential piece of climbing and mountaineering equipment to carry on your rucksack for high-altitude mountain expeditions, it makes your life easier on various terrains. There are axes for each activity, be it glacier hikes, mountaineering or ice climbing. Each ice axe features specific characteristics depending on the usage, such as shaft length, shape, style of pick, etc.

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Petzl Ice axes Glacier OverviewPetzl Ice axes Glacier SALES
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    £71.59

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Black Diamond Ice axes Raven Ice Axe OverviewBlack Diamond Ice axes Raven Ice Axe SALES
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    £76.16

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    £64.96

The Raven from Black Diamond is an efficient and ergonomic traditional ice axe, allowing to efficiently chop the ice.

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Petzl Ice axes Piolet Gully Panne OverviewPetzl Ice axes Piolet Gully Panne Side SALES
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    £140.31

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    £116.39

The Air Tech Evo from Grivel is a technical alpinism ice axe offering great robustness, while being balanced and having good ergonomics.

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    £76.16

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Grivel Ice axes Ghost Evo OverviewGrivel Ice axes Ghost Evo SALES
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    £107.61

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The Ghost Evo from Grivel is a lightweight ice axe for non-technical mountaineering, it can be used for easier ski touring routes as well.

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Grivel Ice axes Ghost Evo Hammer OverviewGrivel Ice axes Ghost Evo Hammer SALES
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Camp Ice axes Neve OverviewCamp Ice axes Neve SALES
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The Camp Neve is a durable performance ice axe for glacier and mountaineering. The steel pick and straight shaft are bomb proof even when facing the hardest snow. 

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Black Diamond Ice axes Raven Axe Ultra OverviewBlack Diamond Ice axes Raven Axe Ultra Side SALES
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Petzl Ice axes Piolet Gully Marteau Overview SALES
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Petzl Ice axes Piolet Nomic OverviewPetzl Ice axes Piolet Nomic SALES
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The Petzl Nomic is a high-end, performance model, entirely customizable, designed for ice climbing. 

Camp Ice axes OverviewCamp Ice axes Side SALES
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The Camp Corsa Nanotech Red mountaineering ice axe is ideal for glacier hiking, ski touring and high-altitude, a technical curved shaped shaft with steel reinforcements. 

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Mountaineering axe buying guide:


What are the various parts of a mountaineering axe?


Before buying an ice axe, do you know the different parts? The head is constituted of a pick and an adze or hammer at the end. The pick, commonly in steel, is used to hang on snow or ice. The teeth are bevelled to penetrate the ice while making removal easy. At the opposite end, you can find axes with an adze or a hammer. The adze is mostly used to cut steps, remove snow before putting an ice screw or dig a trench to prepare a deadman anchor. The hammer is used to place pitons or hit on anchors. Historically made of wood, the shaft is nowadays in aluminium. The shaft can be of varying length depending on the type of activity. For instance, for glacier hiking, a long shaft is preferred, to use the axe as a pole and be able to lean on it. Indeed, the spike found at the end of some axes improves the grip. Another advantage, it facilitates the penetration of the axe in the snow when used for a deadman anchor.

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How to choose the right ice axe for your activity?


The choice of your ice axe will differ depending on your activity. Characteristics will change, such as the length of the shaft, the shape of the head or the curvature of the axe. For ski mountaineering, most axes are used to reach snowy summits. This type of axe features a shorter length to avoid being cumbersome on the backpack, a straight or slightly curved shaft, ensuring comfortable handling, a steel head, all this while being lightweight. For glacier hiking, axes are used to navigate on glacier terrain in the middle of snow-covered crevasses. They can be used as a cane, and possibly to cut a few steps. They feature a straight or slightly curved shaft with rounded teeth. The axe size depends on yours, with your arm straight, it should reach your ankle. When it comes to very curved ice axes, they are meant for ice climbing or very technical mountaineering.