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Topic - The difference between an alpenstock and an ice axe

Only a hill - on 26 Apr 2013
The terms are commonly interchangeable in the 21st century but actually they are different tools altogether! In this post I've summarised the history of the alpenstock and hopefully gone some way towards explaining its importance.

http://www.alexroddie.com/2013/04/alpenstock.html

I'm pretty sure that when Whymper took his big fall on the Matterhorn in 1862 he wished he had a proper axe with him...
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