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SMC I-Picket

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People kept asking us to make a perfect snow picket and so we did by field-testing it in every imaginable condition. The SMC I Picket has a peerless strength-to-weight ratio, as well as an unmatched practical design. The Modified I web depth provides maximum hold, but is also kept compact for ease of handling and packing. The sharp end is precision tapered for easy placement in ice and hard snow. We left the finish "natural" so that it holds more securely in vertical placement than pickets which are either powder-coated or anodized. We beveled the edges of the clip-in holes to protect ropes and webbing and spaced the hole pattern for maximum holding power in a variety of snow conditions and configurations including as a deadman. Available in 24"  and 36" lengths, weighing 13.6 oz. (385 g) and 19.2oz (544g).

Product Details

Recognized for excellence in performance and durability by the world renowned American Alpine Institute as one of their "Guides' Choice" products.

Using an I Picket:
Accurate assessment of snow conditions and their potential for change during the day/night is critical in determining correct picket placement. In hard packed snow or ice, place the picket as a stake, driving the pointed end into the snow. Angle the picket (approx. 15°) back from the direction of pull and clip a carabiner into the hole closest to the surface of the snow. In softer snow and warming conditions, bury the picket as a deadman. Place the I Picket horizontally and perpendicular to the direction of pull, clip into the center hole and dig a slot in the snow so that the runner/rope will be pulled in as direct a line as possible.

24" Picket User Instructions

36" Picket User Instructions

Model #: 162024 (24”)
Dimensions: 24” x 2” 
Weight: 12.7 oz. (361g) 
Material: Aluminum 
Finish: Natural