Ice Axes

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Ice Axe
... An ice axe is a multi-purpose ice and snow tool used by mountaineers both in the ascent and descent of routes which involve frozen conditions ... In its simplest role, the ice axe is used like a walking stick in the uphill hand, the mountaineer holding the head in the centre, with the pick pointing to the rear ... pigeon holes), as well as scoop seats in the hillside and trenches to bury an ice axe belay ...
Ice Tool - Design
... The physical designs of ice tools differ more widely than those of other ice axes ... Modular Ice tools are extremely modular most have the ability to change picks and adze/hammer ... Many ice tools are designed to accommodate shaft modifications to change the position of a hand while hanging ...
History of The Ice Axe
... The antecedent of the ice axe was the alpenstock, a long wooden pole with an iron spike tip, used by shepherds for travel on snowfields and glaciers in the Alps since the Middle Ages ... two separate tools that would later be merged into the ice axe – an alpenstock (or baton) and a small axe that could be used to chop steps on icy slopes ... According to the earliest manufacturer of ice axes, Grivel, these two tools were merged to create the first true ice axe around 1840 ...

Famous quotes containing the words axes and/or ice:

    Henothing common did, or mean,
    Upon the memorable Scene:
    But with his keener Eye
    The Axes edge did try:
    Andrew Marvell (1621–1678)

    Suddenly I saw the cold and rook-delighting heaven
    That seemed as though ice burned and was but the more ice,
    William Butler Yeats (1865–1939)