I was cruising along the AT one cold Tennessee November weekend and crashed at one of the shelters. Some sketchy-looking guy was already there, and carrying one of these gnarly tools. Since there was no ice on the trail, and I've seen that movie, I slept that night with one eye open.
Not sure why he was carrying one then, but they do come in handy when you are facing some icy climb or want to make sure you can brake if unexpectedly sliding down a snowy hill. These axes we rent are from Grivel, a well-known name in alpine climbing. These are ideal to rent for off-peak-season treks in the Sierras, or Denali, that kind of trip. Or maybe even on the AT when there is ice on the trails, but try to not scare the neighbors.
The ax weighs about 17 ounces, and is 26" long. Check out the video below for some good info on using an ice ax and some of our other winter rental gear, or just give us a call. Limited number available, so book early!