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Old 12-27-2008, 12:00 PM
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Metal Snow Shovels

If you carry a metal snow shovel on your winter backpacking/mountaineering trips, please share the specs and any related details with regard to how it has performed.

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P.S. This thread is not about plastic (e.g snowclaw), improvised, or homemade snow shovels.
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Old 12-29-2008, 02:09 PM
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I have an old Chouinard shovel that I bought back in the 80's

It is my constant companion on winter trips. It is the unit that fits over the end of an ice axe handle so that you can save weight by leaving the handle behind.

Cons

It is not real high volume, so you work a bit harder to move a large volume of snow

Connection to handle/ice axe is a bit more tenuous and needs attention to prevent launching the blade

Pros

It is shaped more like a garden spade than a snow shovel, so it works better in harder packed snow and ice

It has a hole in the blade so it can be used as a snow anchor and the handle as a small picket
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Old 01-04-2009, 10:55 AM
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I have always used a voile shovel with the telescoping handle. It's not the lightest thing available, but that's what I have. The older models, and perhaps the new ones too that don't have the hardened blade will bend if you're a little too aggressive with prying motions. We have a number of the ones with the hardened blades that we use at work for digging snow pits and have never had any issues in that regard, even in the hands of the inexperienced. The orange paint doesn't seem to stick to the blade and even after using these things for 7 or 8 years you still see little specks of paint in the snow.

I have dug many snow caves in pretty hard packed drifts where a plastic shovel would just bounce off, so metal is certainly my choice.
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Old 01-12-2010, 11:25 PM
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snow shovel

i own and use a DB deploy. its been a very good shovel. that being said i used one of this last winter and plan to buy one as soon as i find the right price. the hoe feature is very handy for building snow caves.
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Old 01-12-2010, 11:26 PM
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snow shovel

that would be the orthovox Professional Alu II
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Old 01-17-2010, 11:17 AM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by mkdixon1
I have always used a voile shovel with the telescoping handle.
Same here. It weighs 1 lb 12 oz. The blade is about 10" wide by 11" tall. The handle telescopes from 29" down to 21" and is also removeable. It seems pretty solid for use in snow.

I have only used it on the two snow camping trips I've done (mostly snow cave and igloo building), but I have no complaints.

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Old 01-17-2010, 12:02 PM
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the classic entrenching tool is probably a bit heavy to be a contender in this discussion, but it does move snow pretty well.

they can also be had for fairly affordable, for the 'packer on a budget.
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Old 01-17-2010, 03:22 PM
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While I dont do winter camping, I do use a Ex German Entrenching shovel when I go hiking for longer than a day and I have used it to shovel out my car this winter. It has a bit of weight to it like all military items but its indestructible. I did have the small tri fold shovel before but I found them to small to do anything with.

Jonathan
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Old 12-28-2012, 02:26 AM
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Anyone else here carry/use a metal shovel?

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Old 12-28-2012, 06:18 AM
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I don't go out much in the winter anymore but do carry packable shovels in the truck. The Glock spade is more for general digging, about the same size as the GI tri-fold but about a pound lighter. The snow shovel is a French army surplus alpine model with a steel blade and removable straight wood handle.
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