/ what is this ice axe??
Its 45cm long and weighs 730g
To me it looks like a technical axe but wanted to check before adding it to my winter gear pack.
...it is possibly related to the macinnes axes, given the straight blade and spike shape.....if so probably quite old.....
...yep, defo a macinnes axe, the ferrul shape is the give-away.....as is the straight blade.....probably about 40 years old...belongs in a museum...
At 45 cm long, and with a less steeply-inclined pick, it looks like a 'mountaineering' version of the Terrordactyl. I didn't know such a thing had ever been produced.
To the OP: it'll still work!
I think you are right Andy, made in the same factory as the terrors, so about early seventies.
You`ll need to do some weight training before you use it as its a bloody monster of an axe!!
MacInnes/Peck axe, riding the crest of the Terrodactyl (sp?) wave. I used mine once, on my first winter climbing trip, on Central Gully, Lliwedd (V) in 1978! Can't imagine why they didn't become more popular ;-)
Looks like a Grivel X20 original to me... Often confused with the Peck but made from a different alloy
As suggested in previous replies, it's a Peck Ice Axe,
Thought you might like to see page from 60's catalogue, click below.
Thanks for posting that - nice bit of history.
My first ice axe in 1979, bought second hand off Roger Payne. Together we did Zero gully and numerous other routes with it. They were famous for how soft the pick was - frequently bent on route but could be hammered back into shape (too soft to break, clearly). They were also a bit dodgy for ice axe braking because the pick was very thin and cut through neve like butter.
Overall pretty useless, considering instead how revolutionary pterodactyls were (at the time).
If you want a cleaner full scan of the catalogue, let me know!
> If you want a cleaner full scan of the catalogue, let me know!
If it's not too much trouble I know someone who would be very grateful.
I also bought one around that time, but I have never had any problem with the quality of the pick.
I think later on the "design" developed a little: the pick on mine is more curved, with a larger hole for a leash, whilst the adze also has a hole, presumably for a krab for belays.
Overall mine (around 60cm) weighs just over 900 grammes, so about 40% more than a modern Scottish axe.
Many thanks for the catalogue scan: great nostalgia!
That was known as a Scorpion. Not that brillaint either, although it has to be said that the adze on those things was far superior for climbing uncompolidated rubbish than anything avialble now. THe last axe that has a similar bucket-like adze was a Simond Barracuda, I think
Really? I never used Stubai's dropped-pick tools from that era - with the green shafts, if I recall - but they looked pretty useful; was the axe version called the Manaslu, or am I getting confused? They appeared to copy the Terrordactyl's 55 degree pick angle, which surely would have to be better for steep ground than the MacInnes/Peck axe's 78 degrees; I assume that the latter was designed principally for step-cutting and self-arrest.
Lots of the early routes on Beinn Udlaidh were climbed with them, - spot the axe
Epic Photo ! Reminds me of so much!
Dachies, Whillans ball crusher harness, itchty bala's (mine was green)....happy days.....
Gotta say, I am loving this thread: I shall go and look at the old axe with renewed interest, now that I actually know its name and provenance.
You are right: it IS a good adze.
and as for Doug's picture, that REALLY brings back the memories!
The adze on the Barra was epic! Just sold mine, along with a chacal hammer, and upgraded to Quarks...which have a pathetic adze in comparison! With the barra adze I would dig a snow hole WITHOUT a shovel in minutes! Did so in Lochain when Jean's Hut was full....
I thought that stuff was still current!