Now, Having done a lot of research into Ice Axes – the popular consensus is that bent-shaft ice axes are for vertical and ice climbing. And that straight-shaft ice axes are for general use. Mainly self-arresting.
Now, I’d like to open this to comments – as I want to hear feedback on this. I am not an ice climber… just your average hiker. I probably will not get into ice climbing either. Gravity, heights, and me don’t get along too well… they never have. I am constantly battling gravity every moment of every single day… and I will ultimately lose in the end.
I want to know, which do you prefer for general use? Bent or straight shaft ice axes? Leave your opinions in the comments!
While I know how to self-arrest, I have fortunately never have had a live scenario where I needed to save myself plummeting to an icy grave on a hillside in the winter*.
PROS for bent-shaft ice axes:
- Additional power for gripping.
- Better angle for digging in.
CONS for bent-shaft ice axes:
- “They”say that straight is better.
- Not as good for checking snow depth/safety.
- I use trekking poles – not an issue.
Since I have a winter hiking trip coming up, the time is coming for a purchase of a new ice axe… I want to hear what the public thinks on this to help me decide!
If you have any interest, these are the two I am looking
Thank you and happy holidays! May the underside of your tree be loaded with backpacks and stuffsacks and little SOL gadgets!
* now that I said that… I just jinxed myself, and my wife will someday soon become bloody rich!