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Topic - ice axe length

maxsmith - on 20 Dec 2013
Hi all, just hoping for a bit of advice about buying my first ice axe. I'm looking for something which will allow me to complete low-grade scrambles in winter conditions.

After lots of reading online (and swinging a few axes in shops) I've settled on the Grivel Air Tech Evolution.

I was planning to try out a few axes on the hills this winter to work out what length was best for me.

But the possibility of snow in mid wales over Christmas means I'm now going to buy one this weekend.

I'm 6ft tall and torn between the 58cm and 53cm - which length should I go for and why..

Thanks in advance for any advice

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