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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.

By Evan S
From Erie, CO
Nov 2, 2010
Me, of course
Grivel Monster X!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The small one, whatever it's called.

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.

By iceman777
From Colorado Springs
Nov 3, 2010

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

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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