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Got this axe for spring ski mountaineering missions and recommend if weight is your #1 priority. Extremely light - especially when paired with the Transfer LT shovel to avoid carrying a shovel handle. It is quite short (45 cm), so I would only recommend for couloir climbing - appx 30-35 degrees and steeper when you are likely plunging to near the head anyways. Given the blade is small and shaft is short, it does not feel as comfortable self arresting as a larger axe but still does the job.