/ ice axe pairs/combinations
Ive got a DMM cirque and a Raveltik Demon Mountain (hammer).
I plan on just using the Cirque for general walking and mountaineering, but got the Demon (it was on offer) as a second axe that I hope to use for grade II and III winter routes.
Would this pair work for this purpose or would I need to get a second climbing axe?
My reasoning is that Im not going to be using the Demon much and its handy to have a 'walking' axe for approaches/descents etc.
I'd have said so.
For routes in those grade brackets that axe combo will work.
At that grade don't get too hung up about axes. Pretty much any combination of axes will get you up those sort of routes and it's very useful to have a full on mountaineering axe with you for the walk in/walk off. Happy climbing.
thanks for the replies so far.
Just out of curiosity what do people do for a full on ice climb which involves a walk in? Do you use a climbing axe as safety for self arrest or carry a third axe?
Use one of the climbing axes, in all honesty ice axe braking is a last resort no matter what kinda tool you have. Fall over on a really hard icey slope and you're probably a goner regardless of tool. For me the benefits of ergo tools on steep mixed out weighs their slight disadvantage in ice axe breaking ability over a more 'mountaineeringy' axe.
Sorry, to answer your original question - as has been posted above, that combo will be fine for what you want to do.
cheers, glad to know im thinking along the right lines, Im about 2/3ds way through 'The freedom of the Hills' but some stuff like this isnt covered.
Im slightly dissapointed as I was looking for a reason to justify buying more shiny stuff
I don't know anyone who carries a third tool for the walking part of a climbing day. I'd much sooner walk with something imperfect that climb with it!
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