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Old 03-21-2010, 07:24 AM
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Ice Axe Advice

I am attending a mountaineering school next year in the NY Adirondacks. I need to get a general use ice axe. I have the feeling I will only use it for this class and never use it for ice climbing. I am trying to assemble all the stuff I need without breaking the bank. I would like some recommendations of a general use axe. I am 5'8'' and about 210 lbs if that has any impact
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Old 03-21-2010, 01:25 PM
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It's hard to beat the basic Black Diamond Raven Ice Axe. $80 bucks standard, but you can probably find it cheaper online at various sources.

HOWEVER, I would first contact the school and find out whether or not they supply an ice axe or not. I would be VERY surprised if you had to provide your own.

BTW, for ice climbing you would use an ice tool, not an axe. The shaft is canted for the use of driving it into ice like a pick. It's a notably different item from a straight-shafted ice axe.
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Old 03-22-2010, 07:35 AM
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Bearpaw-

Thanks for the advise. The student materials state that I have to bring my own and crampons/axe will not be used for climbing but just general mountaineering/hiking. I live 6-7 hours away from any mountains so I am trying to limit my investment as I don't think I will get lots of use.

I will look into your suggestion, thanks.

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