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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.

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OWNLY Adjustable Hand Muscle Developer Grip Wrist Power Exerciser Grippers Finger Strengther - Resistance Range 22 to 88 Lbs Red

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ToolLogic Ice Ultralite Toolbox Key Ring

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A tool box on your key ring!!! Useful Features: Superbright Mini Light Ball Point Pen Letter Opener Coupon Cutter Box Cutter Flat Screwdriver Phillips Screwdriver Screwdriver Socket Lanyard Hole  The light module in the Ice Ultralite is ultra-slim and patented. The LED light will never wear out and the battery is easy to replace.

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.

DRY ICE Ice Tools - Pair

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Designed for indoor use at the climbing gym, DRY ICE Ice Tools mimic the feel of standard ice tools, letting you build strength and improve technique.

X Monster Leashless Tool by Grivel

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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, the rear is shaped like nuts, ideal for anchoring and torquing in larger cracks on mixed terrain...

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.

Stubai 914740 Hornet Protect Mountain Ice Tool with Adze, 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.

Fusion Ice Tool

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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.

Ergo Ice Axe / Tool

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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.

Makhry 6PCS Aluminum D-RING Locking Carabiner Clip Spring Snap Hook Camping Hooks Keychain Carabiner

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It is not recommended to be used in mountaineering, rock climbing, ice climbing and high-altitude games for your safety

Black Diamond Terminator Cold Weather Gloves

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A lightweight, minimalist climbing glove capable of steep, gymnastic dry tooling and the hanging ice daggers it accesses, the Black Diamond Terminator is the glove of choice for modern mixed and ice climbing. The Terminator features premium dexterity for tenuous rock sections, a goat-leather palm for a sure grip on your tools and a waterproof Dry insert for a touch of warmth and protection against...
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