Review By Camper / 1 month ago — Axes
Black Diamond makes solid products, this was light weight and fit into my axe strap on my backpack perfectly. I utilized this axe to mountaineer up some peaks and glissade back down. I was able to self-arrest within 2-3 seconds with ease as the axe is quite sharp and stuck right into the ice. For going up it supported my weight and the pick stuck right into the snow/ice with ease. I didn’t have to put to much of a downward push to get it to stick as it’s sharp!
10/10 would recommend!
I was really unsure about what length to get, and eventually went with 75cm, I’m 5’10”. It seemed a bit long at first, as the pick would occasionally scrape the ground while walking on a flat and with the T cradled in my fingers, however once we started attacking the slope, the long length was perfect. I was able to pick on the uphill side without having to lean over, even in relatively soft conditions where the shaft would sink really deep, while a few of my companions that went with the shorter axes struggled.
And bonus, now I can seriously say “don’t mess with me man, I have an ice-axe”. So, totally worth it.
Great instructional video. Thorough and straight to the point.
Thank you, I was considering trying out a handstand before I fell to my death, to die in style. (:
GREAT video. Informative, to the point, and obviously a seasoned expert… This will be required viewing for my mountaineering wife who is to be receiving a Petzl Glacier 60 for Christmas. Thanks so much!
What if I have 2 axes?
If you want to save yourself a couple minutes, watch in x1.5 speed
I'd probably impale my neck with that
This technique saved me too. I was walking down from Grands Montets to the glacier and slipped. Thought of this straight away which I'd tried a couple of times before.
My natural and untrained reaction will likely be to put my feet down -- which is wrong, need to focus on keeping feet up as will likely be wearing micro spikes or crampons.
Potential of injuring oneself with such a sharp and spiky piece of gear. Exercise caution.
Best demonstration I've seen. Thanks so much
Real survival skill!
tr?s bien sur des pentes faibles (<35?). Apr?s il ne faut pas tomber !!
Excellent. Intelligent and informative.
I came here because of Jehan Baig
The technique you taught saved me two years ago on Mt Shasta. And I was able to make summit. Thank you.
Veri good video, tanks
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