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Thread: WTB ice axe / two

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    WTB ice axe / two

    good evening guys thort it could be a safe idea to look at getting a ice axe for my travels this year not after a top end one but just a oldie that will do the job if it needs to be used if anyone has one or two that are sitting around that they no longer need or wont let me know cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by dale View Post
    good evening guys thort it could be a safe idea to look at getting a ice axe for my travels this year not after a top end one but just a oldie that will do the job if it needs to be used if anyone has one or two that are sitting around that they no longer need or wont let me know cheers
    Hey, if you are not already used to axe and crampon work, really really important that you practice self arrest with the axe, and do it with your usual alpine pack on and loaded- when you are sliding down the mountain upside down and backwards you have no time to figure it out before you go over a bluff. Only reason I am alive now, is a mate who is a mountain climber taught me to arrest and made me practise till I could do it in my sleep, just sayin..... Go Trade me for your axe.
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    Get a decent old axe, the new short axes are shit. They're mostly too short to be useful as a walking stick and the hollow alloy makes a huge noise whenever it taps a rock or your rifle etc.

    Like this sort of length



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    +1 on practicing! Practice self-arresting from falling different ways too - forwards, backwards, sideways, upside-down!

    I don't mind the length of newer walking axes (think mine is 650mm), all personal preference though - if its flat I don't need to use it as a walking stick and if its steep then its long enough for the uphill side, which is where it should be. You're not wrong about the noisy clanking though, especially if you let it dangle by the leash while grabbing rocks to climb a steep bit. I have a lightweight one (380g I think, BD raven pro) which is good for those trips where you carry it a long way and only actually use it once or twice in the middle.

    If you're talking more about technical axes then yep, optimised more for climbing steep snow+ice and not so great for walking. Reverse curve picks can be trickier to self-arrest with too.

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    Like you say, personal preference. I use mine as a walking stick from the moment I leave the car if I'm hitting the tops. I have pretty average balance so it helps a heap, especially coming downhill. I find I don't get the same jarring on my knees when travelling downhill if I use my axe.

    It was my grandfathers who did a lot of mountaineering and used it for many years guiding on the glaciers, it just feels right to have it in my hands.
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    You need a long one for the kind of thing you have in mind .... alpine touring. The Shorties are great for ice climbing, but that doesnt sound like you.

    per the sound advice earlier in the thread , you may as well not have it if you dont learn how to use it properly -AND- practice that.

    The best place for that is on a skifield. No shit. Plenty of well meaning red cross types around to stop the bleeding when you skewer yourself ..

    the quickest and best piece advice I can give is slip the handloop over your hand - AND - always carry in in your uphill hand ...

    good luck

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    Thats cool Tahr-Bound, great to be using one with that sort of history behind it.

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    I am picking that Dale has done this sort of stuff before. It is a great tool to use and definitely a life saver in trained hands.
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    What neck of the woods are you in Dale? I have an axe and some black diamond crampons that I'll probably never use again. Bought them for a Landsborough tahr hunt we did a dozen years ago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ishoot10s View Post
    What neck of the woods are you in Dale? I have an axe and some black diamond crampons that I'll probably never use again. Bought them for a Landsborough tahr hunt we did a dozen years ago.
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    Steep icey would be my guess
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    Quote Originally Posted by ishoot10s View Post
    What neck of the woods are you in Dale? I have an axe and some black diamond crampons that I'll probably never use again. Bought them for a Landsborough tahr hunt we did a dozen years ago.
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    hi ray / ishoot10s im from wellington i would definitely be keen if you had a price for the axe and crampons cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by dale View Post
    hi ray / ishoot10s im from wellington i would definitely be keen if you had a price for the axe and crampons cheers
    Let's call it a "Pay it forward" type situation, you can have them for the cost of shipping from Aucks, or maybe you know someone heading down your way? Just move them on to someone else when you're done with them.

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    mate your a bloody legend ill definitely pay for the shipping and pay it forward cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by dale View Post
    mate your a bloody legend ill definitely pay for the shipping and pay it forward cheers
    It's my pleasure. They've sat around too long and it's better they get some more use. I'll get them away this week and pm you the shipping cost and my account details.

    Cheers, Ray.
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