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Topic - Summer Alpine - Walking axe or Alpine Axe?

CurlyStevo - on 08 May 2012
I already own technical climbing axes (quarks), I'm planning to go to the Alps this summer doing routes up to D.

I've very briefly used a walking axe before and being 6ft I quite like the longer length. I'm thinking for the more technical routes I'd take the quarks, but for easier routes would I be better with an alpine or walking axe?

My current thoughts are:
- Extra length of walking axe great on less steep ground, but the weaker axe design rather limits its use. I'd probably get 65 cm.
- Is there much point in getter an alpine axe 5cm longer than my 50cm long quarks? (for my height 55 cm is recommended)
- Would there be any merit in getting an alpine axe somewhere between the two lengths that I intend to use primarily on easy routes and walking? say at 60 cm?

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