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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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When the ninja needed to climb the walls of a fortress or scale a high tree they called upon very specific tools. These are those tools! Specially designed grappling hook folds down for compact and easy carrying. With a few twists the 4 carbon steel talons can be locked into position assuring a safe ascent. Best yet, it is rated to over 800 pounds and comes with 33 ft. of tough braided nylon rope....

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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.

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Designed for indoor use at the climbing gym, Icicles Ice Tools are a great way to introduce kids to the world of ice and mixed climbing.

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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.

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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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Features Capacity: 1,Zippered Pocket:Zippered front pocket for tools, camera, pump, maps, and other items. 2,Stretch Front Pocket:Zippered pocket can be extend to storage your rain coat, jacket or guide book. 3,Trekking Pole Attachment:Trekking pole attachment and bottom loops for ice axe or hiking poles. 4,Side Pockets:Side mesh pockets to hold snacks and water bottles. 5,D-shape Hooks:Both sides...

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Features Capacity: 1.Front sleeping bag compartment with divider 2.Internal hydration bladder's sleeve and one hydration access for the tube (water bladder not included) 3.There are 1 hip-belt pockets, 2 lid pockets, 1 bladder sleeve, 1 front pocket, 1 rain cover compartment and two mesh bottle pouches 4.Comes with a high vis rain cover Bearing System: 5.Torso-length adjustment 6.Sternum strap...

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DRY ICE Tools Dry Ice Tools

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Swinging metal picks into the walls at your gym will get you kicked out before you can say, "I didn't know I couldn't!", which is why Furnace Industries developed Dry Ice Tools. With handles made of wood and burly loops instead of picks, the Dry Ice will give your forearms and hands the summer workout they need, without threatening to impale anyone unlucky enough to be climbing...

Ski Crampons Mountaineering Equipment Crampons for Hiking Boots Camp Crampons 13 Teeth

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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.

Mountaintop 45L+5L Hiking Backpack/Outdoor Backpack/Travel Backpack/Climbing Backpack/Camping Backpack/Mountaineering Backpack with Rain Cover-5806II

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