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Grivel - North Machine and North Machine Carbon Product News

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Now that Greg Boswell and Guy Roberston have kicked off their Scottish Winter season with the first ascent of The Forge X/10 on An Teallach we thought we'd give a run down of the latest tools available from Grivel.

Well you might as well jump in at the deep end and start the season with a bang! Yesterday Guy and I had an amazing day on the Hayfork Wall on An Teallach. All the forecasts pointed towards this area being in condition, so we decided to roll the dice and we made the 5 hour journey North on Monday night, somewhat sceptical but willing to try. Thankfully we struck gold! There was lots of stuff in condition in the area, but one line in particular stood out above the rest. The direct crack line straight up the middle of the Hayfork Wall. The route had two big pitches of 45m/40m and it took me the best part of 4 hours to climb the crux first pitch up the centre of the steep face. The climbing was very technical, super physical and had multiple boulder problem style cruxy sections along the way. I was over the moon to climb the route onsight, as it really did pack a massive punch and there was more than one occasion where I thought I was about to take a monster whipper, as axes ripped whilst I moved up on minuscule hooks and zero foot placements. 🤢 The second pitch forged its way through the huge looming roof above, that Guy dispatched with ease and continued up the last technical face as darkness consumed our surroundings. . ➖The Forge X/10 ***➖ . . . . #mixedclimbing #climbing #newroute #hard #scotland #scottishwinter #anteallach #forge #suuntoclimb #wearerab #scarpa #grivel . . . . @grivel @rab.equipment @seatosummitgear @suunto @scarpa_uk @lekiuk

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North Machine - £185

With geometry borne from the Takoon, Matrix, and Quantum series of axes the Grivel North Machine has been designed to chomp up frozen & technical north face alpine routes, and cascades, with ease.

The shaft is "T" rated and is constructed from G Bone shape aluminium and boasts the Ice + blade which is also "T" tested and, unlike the Ice blade, comes in a hammer and adze option making these axes tools excellent for high grade mountaineering, alpinism and Scottish winter.

The North Machine is compatible with the Ice blade (specifically designed for cascades) and the slightly thicker Mix blade which is ideal for scottish mixed climbing and dry tooling.

  • SHAFT RESISTANCE - 400kg, T rated
  • MATERIAL - Chromoly Steel
  • BLADE - Changeable + Reverse Positive
  • WEIGHT - 480g

North Machine Carbon Plus - £220.00

The North Machine Carbon differs from the North Machine insofar (as the name suggests) it's manufacturered using a different material.

The shaft is "T" rated and is constructed from G Bone shape, carbon composite material and boasts the Ice + blade which is also "T" tested and, unlike the Ice blade, comes in a hammer and adze option making these axes tools excellent for high grade mountaineering, alpinism and Scottish gullies and ice.

The North machine Carbon is compatible with the Ice blade (specifically designed for cascades) and the slightly thicker Mix blade which is ideal for scottish mixed climbing and dry tooling.

  • SHAFT RESISTANCE - 400kg, T rated
  • MATERIAL - Carbon composite
  • BLADE - Changeable + Reverse Positive
  • WEIGHT - 550g

North Machine Carbon Ice - £200

Just like the North Machine Carbon+ (only the blades differ) the ice version shares the geometry borne from the Takoon, Matrix, and Quantum series of axes and is intended more for cascade and "sport" climbing than the mountains as it has no adze or hammer. The shaft is "T" tested and is constructed from G Bone shape, carbon composite material and boasts the Ice blade, which is also "T" tested, meaning it can take a beating on the rock and rime but still provides secure and efficient ice placements.

The North machine Carbon is compatible with the Ice blade+ (designed more for the mountains as it has and adze and hammer) and the slightly thicker Mix blade which is ideal for Scottish mixed climbing and dry tooling.

  • SHAFT RESISTANCE - 400kg, T rated
  • MATERIAL - Chromoly Steel
  • BLADE - Changeable + Reverse Positive
  • WEIGHT - 450g
  • LENGTH - 47CM


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10 Dec, 2018

Think you've got the weights wrong - the alu version surely is not heavier than the carbon...

12 Dec, 2018

It is correct: carbon 450grams, alu 480grams

http://www.grivel.com/products/full_product_list/fpl_ice_axes.php

12 Dec, 2018

Ah I'm not counting the adze in my calculations!


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