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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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Quiet fan assisted heat moves air to dry even faster The Advantage PEET features advanced technology that neutralizes bacteria and other contaminants, such as viruses and mold Dries with or without heat Comes with four footwear dry ports to dry two pair of boots Accepts helmet and glove dry ports 2 year...

DRY ICE Ice Tools

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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.

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.

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.

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...

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...

Black Diamond Viper Ice Tool - Hammer

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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 - Adze

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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.

Black Diamond Cobra Ice Tool

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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...

Quark Ice Tool - Hammer 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...

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...

Cassin X-Dream Ice Tool

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Aptly named, the C.A.M.P. Cassin X-Dream Ice ToolX-Dream not only features three different picks to change the axe for ice or mixed climbing, but it also incorporates a patented adjustment system in the handle to fine tune the swing and torque even further. A quick turn of the allen bolt above the grip...

Grivel Quantum Tech Ice Tool

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Grivel constructed the Quantum Tech Ice Tool with a carbon composite shaft to decrease weight and reduce ice-shattering vibrations for more one-swing sticks. At only 18 ounces, the Quantum Tech makes other ice tools seem like they're made out of iron. Whether you take on a steep pitch of ice or...

Cassin X-Dream Alpine Ice Tool

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The X-Dream Alpine is the new alpine climbing version of the award-winning X-Dream ice tool. It features the same innovative design and geometry that have made the X-Dream so popular, with the addition of the new alpine handle that incorporates a spike designed for use in the cane position. The standard...

BLACK DIAMOND Ice Tool Head Blank

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Blank Head for your Black Diamond Ice Tool.

Hareline Dubbin Ice Dub

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An attractive material the fish can't resist This synthetic dubs easily on threads and makes a very attractive and flashy thorax for adding a little something extra to your standard pheasant tails and caddis nymphs or for steelhead and salmon nymphs and streamers.

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SIZE: Men Size Men XS:Length:108cm,Hipline:109cm,thigh:65cm,Waistline:78cm-95cm Men S:Length:110cm,Hipline:114cm,thigh:67cm,Waistline:81cm-99cm Men M:Length:112cm,Hipline:117cm,thigh:70cm,Waistline:86cm-103cm Men L:Length:114cm,Hipline:124cm,thigh:75cm,Waistline:93cm-107cm Men XL:Length:114cm,Hipline:130cm,thigh:80cm,Waistline:98cm-111cm...

13 Teeth Ice Snow Crampons Mountaineering Equipment Hybrid Crampon Foot Bouldering Shoes Quickdraws Camp Crampons Rock Climbing Tools 1 Pair

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Material: TPR( Thermal Plastic Rubber) and stainless steel Color:black orange Package:1 pair + elastic band Cooperate with all kinds of sport shoes, hiking shoes, and mountain boots, etc. Crampons ONLY, shoes displayed NOT included.

Grivel X Monster Ice Axe w/ ADZE

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All the accepted rules about climbing equipment were upset during the 2004-2005 season by Monster. Lots of Grivel competitors tried to stop this stampede even using underhand methods. But the concept was right and today the less extreme X Monster by Grivel has arrived. The shaft is slightly straighter...
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