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By Ben Easley
From Castine, ME
Nov 2, 2010
getting ready to climb some ice

Does any one carry a spare tool when leading ice anymore? If so what are some suggestions.


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By Evan S
From Erie, CO
Nov 2, 2010
Me, of course

Grivel Monster X!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The small one, whatever it's called.


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By tomtom
Nov 2, 2010

I don't. I've had picks break but the stub has been good enough to get me where I'm going.


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By iceman777
From Colorado Springs
Nov 3, 2010
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Sometimes

But than it,s usually because I'm packing pins, I HATE trying to pound a pin with the socalled hammers on the new bent shaft tools .I have to totally agree with thestatement that you can climb on a snapped pick well enough to get where your going

Here's what I like/use
Charlet Moser Quasar compact my personal favorite

Others that work well and don't weigh too much
Trango straight shaft hammer/3rd tool
Grivel monster ..much lighter than the Trango ,has tech bend hammer kinda light
Chounard alpine hammer ..heavy old school
Charlet Moser 3rd tool ..straight shaft /hollow spike nice n light
Petzl alpine hammer.. Good for bashing not a very good pick.

If it's a pure ice climb than the 3rd tool stays in the pack or at home.

Hope this helped


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By Gunkiemike
Nov 4, 2010

My 3rd is a short (sawed-off at about 40 cm) Omega Bulldog. Lousy ice tool, but it will a) hammer things b) tap out a hopelessly oversunk tool, and c) give me something to keep moving on if I drop a tool whilst deep in the sh:t.

It stays home 98% of the time, and so far (knocks on wood) I've only used it for b) above.


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