/ Beginner's ice axe question
Can I pair the Air Tech with something more technical like a DMM Fly or do you need 2 matched axes? Any other advice? Cheers.
You don't need two matching axes. It's some times preferable to have a technical axe and a walking axe for situations like when one comes across some hard neve or a banked out gully.
I've often wondered this. If you go with a mate couldn't you borrow theirs and then lower it down once you've set up an anchor?
Won't work for simulclimbing but saves weight.
That would be a complete pain in the proverbial (e.g. if your route doesn't take a vertical line) and would waste time.
Grade 1 is traditional with one axe- if you decide to get another, or part of a pair perhaps look at the allrounder designs like Fly's, Quarks, Vipers.
Thanks for the replies.
If you're want to progress up the grades get a hammer for your second axe.
I did my first winter routes with a 70cm walking axe and 45 cm hammer, not ideal but on easy routes you can get away with anything spikey.
I can count on one hand where I've used my hammer. I've lost count how many times I've used my adze!
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