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An ice tool evolved from the ice axe, however it is more specialized for use in ice climbing. It is sometimes referred to as a technical axe to distinguish it from a mountaineering ice axe. For ice climbing,  The climber ascends an ice fall wearing crampons attached to ice climbing boots, with two ice tools, one in each hand. The ice climber keeps his weight balanced over the point where the crampons touch the ice. Each tool is then positioned, one over the other as he ascends the ice. The ice tool penetrates the ice and provides a grip for balance.The weight of an ice tool is important. The heavier tool will penetrate ice an packed snow easier. However, heavier is not necessarily better. The weight of an ice tool must be balanced by the ability of the climber to carry and swing it for hours at a time. Large climbers may choose a larger heavier tool, while a smaller climber may pick an ice tool that is somewhat smaller.

Ice Axe compared to an Ice Tool

An ice axe is used during alpine and mountaineering, or while traveling across ice, glacier or snowfields. An ice axe is often referred to as a mountaineering axe to separate and distinguish it from an ice tool. An ice axe is used to assist with the assent, to grab rock edges, cracks, and ledges. It is an invaluable device for stopping a slide or fall.

Ice Tool Size and Shape

The different types of ice climbing require a different tool design. For waterfall ice climbing the most popular length is 50 centimeters. Larger climbers may be able to use a slightly larger ice tool, around 55 centimeters. Smaller climbers may use a 45 centimeter tool. Waterfall and mixed ice climbing tool should have a modular design. The modular design allows you to change the pick, hammer, and adzes when they wear out. Some tools give you the option to use either a hammer or adze attachment. For alpine climbing, the tool has a straight shaft with a leash attached to the head. The purpose of a straight shaft is to allow the tool to be pounded down into snow as a secondary anchor. Never use an ice tool as the only anchor source.

Sections of an Ice Tool

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The Revolver is now well established as part of a comprehensive Trad leading rack. It is a unique piece of kit which offers very real benefits to the climber. So what does it do In simple terms the carabiner uses rolling friction rather than the sliding friction of the rope over the bar typified by a...

Grivel X Blade Ice Climbing Tool

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The Grivel X-Blade ice tool is specifically designed with a thin pick to make it very efficient when you're climbing on fragile waterfall ice.

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640840 Features: Designed for vertical walls with a unique shaft and multi-grip The thin, shorter pick anchors in deep and with the thin shaft it fits between two columns or in narrow cracks easy The flexible shaft makes anchoring into cracks, including non vertical ones, easier and safer Almost a hammer,...

Stubai 914750 Hornet Protect Mountain Ice Tool with Hammer Head, 46cm

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The Hornet protect is a great value ice tool for those new to the sport. With a gently curving shaft, a finger guard and a detachable wrist loop, this tool is ideal for steep ice, whether it's an ice tower or a frozen waterfall.

CAMP USA - Cassin X-Alp Ice Tool

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Get a handle on the Cassin X-Alp Ice Tool for long alpine outings where complex mixed terrain is all but guaranteed. This lightweight tool handles rock and ice with equal tenacity, and Cassin included a bi-directional leash keeps the axe secure on either hand. The interchangeable pick and hammer or adze...

Raptor Ice Tool with Weights

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The Raptor is Trango's top of the line ice and mixed tool. Its grip is one piece molded rubber for comfort, durability and reduced fatigue. The pick penetrates the hardest ice, cleans easily, and comes with removable weights for added versatility. The cold forged shaft is incredibly light yet stiff,...

Petzl Nomic Ice Tool

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Designed for vertical pursuits on rock and ice, the Petzl Nomic ice tool is easily adapted for dry tooling and ice climbing.

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The evolution of the Black Diamond Viper adze ice tool continues with key updates that keep you swinging into ice with ease.

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The evolution of the Black Diamond Viper hammer ice tool continues with key updates that keep you swinging into ice with ease.

Black Diamond Viper Ice Tool

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The Black Diamond Viper Ice Tool delivers cutting-edge performance for ice, mixed, and alpine climbing thanks to an extremely versatile design that works with or without leashes. In addition to a detachable Fang for leashless security, the Viper includes a Strike pommel that screws into one of two shaft...

Quark Ice Tool - Adze with Grip Rest

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Petzl's QUARK is a versatile ice axe, designed primarily for technical mountaineering and for ice climbing. Because of the head's modular construction, it adapts to any situation. The QUARK ice axe is easy to use: its balance and its ICE pick allow solid placements on any type of ice. Hooking...

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The Fusion is Black Diamond's premier mixed climbing tool and it performs like no other tool ever made. Incredibly lightweight, stiff and versatile, its top-of-the-line technology shines through in real world, game-changing performance.

Black Diamond Fusion Ice Tool

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Black Diamond designed the Fusion Ice Tool to handle the steepest, thinnest, most ridiculously difficult mixed climbs in the world. The revolutionary hydro-formed shaft adds stiffness and lowers weight, while the adjustable grip features three interchangeable spacers for dialing in fit. Black Diamond...

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The Cobra Ice Tool has been at the cutting edge of ice and alpine climbing for years, but, instead of sitting back on its laurels, Black Diamond decided to upgrade this tool for the next evolution. Keeping the same vibration-dampening carbon fiber material, the Cobra Ice Tool takes on a new custom-molded...

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The Ergo Ice Axe/Tool from Petzl has a interchangeable Dry pick which is tapered at the tip for easy penetration, even in cold ice.The thickness of the pick makes it stronger when slotted and torqued. The hooking teeth, located on the bottom and top (for reverse positions) stabilize the ice axe.

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SPECIFICATIONS of the Trango Raptor Ice Tool Weight w/o weights: 1.26 lb Weight with weights: 1.41 lb
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