/ Is there something wrong with this climbing axe?
Is the london tower museum looking for it?
Half the pick's missing!
Looking at the head, it has not had a hard life. No sign of mixed battering.
I had a takoon that cracked, just stop drilled the crack, speed tape repaired the stress area then it was fine to use.
You have to look as a mechanism of failure, the consequences etc. If you suspect the head will fall off with little effort, don't use ever as a climbing tool! if you thing a shaft/handle has been bent and damaged, as long as it wouldn't fail under normal use, just use to climb with but not as a emergency belay..... but you could, by cliping into the head.... erradicating any suspect damged areas.....
The length of the pick shows it has been used, you could replace with a new one. But hey, Terras/Pecks had way shorter stubby blades.
What does anybody else think? Would you chance climbing with this axe? I'd appreciate any replies. I'm just trying to get a broad opinion. Thanks.
As it stands - no.
Agreed. It looks so neat I wonder if someone has specifically chopped the pick off to maybe use the tool as an alpine peg hammer to similar? I wonder if the handle is modified too?
This is is the sort of thing I mean http://www.camp-usa.com/products/big-wall/piton-hammer-3024.asp
BTW just looked at your most recent photo in your gallery - is that you? And are you not wearing a helmet? If not, I'd try and get yourself one. I think for winter climbing it really is good to have one, and you can find basic, good models for not too much at all.
> BTW just looked at your most recent photo in your gallery - is that you? And are you not wearing a helmet? If not, I'd try and get yourself one. I think for winter climbing it really is good to have one, and you can find basic, good models for not too much at all.
Hi, yes it's me climbing without a helmet. I have got a helmet but only tend to use it when there's loose rock around. I hadn't considered using it for winter routes but I'll take on board your advice. Thanks for your input about the axe.
No problem. If you look at photos you'll see almost 100% of winter climbers wear helmets (as opposed to winter walkers) wear them these days. Ice breaks when the leader hits it, rocks are often loose on the edge of gullies, there may be teams ahead of you, etc. etc. Of course gullies are natural funnels for anything from above. Even if you slip and slide down a snow slope a helmet might help you. Personally I wouldn't take someone out ice or mixed climbing unless I could lend them a helmet if they didn't have their own.
Not to mention keeping your hat on in a hoolie, and fending off crampons attached to over enthusiastic novices above you.....
But yes, more seriously, I think a helmet is particularly useful in winter.
Anybody else got any comments about the axe in question. I'd really appreciate as many opinions as possible, thanks.
> Anybody else got any comments about the axe in question. I'd really appreciate as many opinions as possible, thanks.
I don't think your going to get any radically different opinions on that.
Would you like me to tell you it's ok?
Fair dos. That's definately not good condition or even useable condition.
It's got a short pecker, looks like its been over filed down. Definitely not good condition.
I don't know if it's been over-filed or specifically modified for something.
But one thing is for certain, It seems to have had little use, BUT the pick can not be described as in good condition.
Half of it is missing.
I have a set of Simond axes that are about 28 years old and have suffered from lots of sharpening. The picks are twice as long as the one in your shot.
This item is not as described, ask for your money back or claim from Paypal.
I hope you used paypal.
Looking at the picture again, the pick should reach the edge of the picture at least!
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