Ice Axes and Crampons
  • Ice Axes and Crampons

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Rainier, Denali, the Mexican and Ecuadorian volcanoes and many of the worlds biggest mountains are covered in snow and ice. You need sharp, pointy things (i.e. crampons and ice axes) to climb these mountains safely. In this Mountain Logic segment we take a look at the three primary types of snow and ice travel; hiking, mountaineering, and technical climbing, and make specific recommendations for matching the correct crampons and ice axe to your climb.  

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Guide to Ice Axes

Ice Axes

Ice Axes

Guide Tip

Ice Axe Sizing

For general mountaineering, climbers who are 5'8" or less should select an axe between 50cm-65cm. For those who are between 5'8" and 6'2" a 65cm-70cm axe is a good choice. Anyone over 6'2" will want to consider an axe in the 70cm-75cm range. Proper length can be further determined by holding the axe by its head with your shoulders square. The spike of the axe should come to the ankle bone or a bit above. An ice axe for general mountaineering should not be so long that it is used as a trekking pole. If you are between sizes, go for the shorter option.  

General Mountaineering Axe

General Mountaineering Axe
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Without a doubt, the Raven Pro Ice Axe is the best ax for climbing Rainier's standard routes. Period. Lightweight, durable, and long enough to provide ample support, the Raven Pro has been in our ...
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Super Light Ice Axe Built with a streamlined design and lightweight materials, the Black Diamond Raven Ultra Ice Axe is ideal for ski mountaineering missions, descending off alpine rock climbs or...
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Piolet-specific Spinner Leash A single, lightweight piolet-specific version of our popular Spinner Leash, the Black Diamond Slinger Leash is a stretchy tethering system for keeping your piolet atta...
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Classic Mountaineering Ice Axe Designed for classic mountaineering, the SUMMIT ice axe offers an excellent balance between price and performance. It is lightweight and offers good anchoring perfo...
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Modular Ice Axe for Technical Mountaineering The SUM’TEC ice axe is extremely versatile: it adapts easily to different mountaineering activities, from classic to technical. It's completely modula...
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Versatile Ice Axe for Technical Mountaineering and Ice Climbing QUARK is a versatile ice axe designed for technical mountaineering and ice climbing. Its balance and ICE pick allow solid placeme...
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Ice Axe and Leash Combo Lightweight performance ice axe for glacier travel, with a meticulous design and finish. The GLACIER ice axe offers very good anchoring qualities in hard snow and ice, th...
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Ice tool protectors for gear transport. Translucent TPU Quickly adjustable Fits most any tool Weight: 2.75 oz
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Guide to Crampons

The Logic Behind Crampons

The Logic Behind Crampons

General Mountaineering Crampons

General Mountaineering Crampons
Guide Tip

Crampon Sizing

In general, crampons can be adjusted to match your boot size by using a bar system. Climbers with bigger feet (size 11 boots or larger) should go with 12-point crampons. The 12-point crampon has a longer toe-piece, therefore allowing for more distribution of points of contact throughout the sole of the boot. You will also need the longer extender bars, which are available for most crampons. 

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G10 is the Crampon Both For Experts and Non-experts 10-point crampon that is suitable for both newcomers and for those who regularly practice mountaineering. It has 10 slightly rounded steel points...
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A 12-Point Crampon For Your Mountain Objectives The perfect 12-point crampon for Rainier and general mountaineering. Built for the variable, moderate terrain of classic mountaineering routes in pl...
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Classic Mountaineering Crampons For classic mountaineering, look no further than the VASAK crampons! With 12 points, they provide good stability and bite on terrain ranging from glaciers to snow ...
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The Best All-around Crampon from Black Diamond From moderate local ice flows to classic mountaineering routes and technical alpine faces, the 12-Point Black Diamond Sabretooth Crampon is our best a...
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Technical Mountaineering Crampons The climber’s secret weapon for technical terrain. With vertical, toothed front points, SARKEN crampons provide superior penetration on hard ice, while also prov...