Mountaineering Ice Axes
Mountaineers need to have an ice axe, no matter if they are climbing a moderate slope or trying to climb a technical ice route. These versatile tools are powerful and can be used to safely and quickly climb on snow and/or ice, while minimizing injury or damage.
How to Use an Ice Axe
First, learn how to hold and place an ice pick. There are three basic ways you can grip an electric axe depending on the type.
When climbing steep snow slopes a self -arrest grip (also referred to as a hand-belay grip or a self -belay grip) can be used. To hold the knife, place your upper hand over the head of the axe. Then, with your thumb and forefinger pointing backwards wrap your thumbs and forefinger over the edge of the adze.
This is the best way for you to use your Ice Axe Maintenance for Self-Arrest. You should practice it often. To help you plant your ice axe in the snow, practice using deep foot buckets.
Choosing the Right Axe
It is important to consider your mountaineering needs when choosing an ice-axe. Also, think about what you will do with it. For example, if your goal is to climb ice, you will need a hefty axe that is both lightweight and strong.
The best axe for this task will have an adze/pick that is oriented at an acute angle and long enough to reach icy sections on the route you are climbing. It will also have a forged steel alloy head with a spike attached at the end.
It’s also a good idea to choose an ice axe with a sturdy shaft, as this will make it easier for you to keep it straight when walking and will reduce the risk of it sinking into brittle ice. It’s a good idea to check the shaft before you buy it, as deep dents can weaken a metal-shaft ice axe to the point of failure under load.
Buy an Ice Axe
A model that fits you well and feels comfortable is the best way to shop for an ice-axe. You can try different models and do some practice swings before buying.
There are many options available if you’re looking for a cheaper model. You should also try to compare prices to make sure you’re getting a good deal.
Ice Axes for Beginners
It’s a good idea for beginners to start with a basic ice axe. These are smaller and can fit in your pack more easily. This will allow you to focus on the basics of using an ice-axe and build your skills.