ice axe

That indispensable tool of mountaineer, glacier traveler, and snowfield crosser alike, is essential for safe travel in the high moutnains.

My ice-axe is a nontechnical mountaineering type of axe by the Black Diamond. This is a very versatile type of axe, which gives a good balance of performance for walking, useful for cutting steps and hacking out belay stances, and in the worst case scenario, to stop an out-of-control slide.  It is ideal for general mountaineering and for ‘scramble’ type winter terrain, which is exactly what I’ve been doing.