The CAMP Corsa Ice axe is ridiculously lightweight. It is perfect for technical rando races and light duties such as basic ski mountaineering, glacier travel and self-arrest. It can also be used in a pinch as an anchor. The Corsa meets all CE and UIAA requirements for strength and durability, and its clean design provides surprising performance in a super light package.
- Forged aluminum pick and adze can take some abuse while giving you security on icy slopes.
- Comes with a nylon spike plug to prevent snow buildup in the shaft (60cm and 70cm lengths only).
- 7075-T6 aluminum alloy head and shaft meet CE and UIAA requirements.
- CC4U wear indicator lets you know when the pick is becoming dull beyond the designed safetly limit.
- Optional sliding leash gives you added confidence in sketchy situations.
- Optional head protector helps prevent impaling yourself while skiing with your axe.
- Not recommended for ice climbing, rugged mixed terrain, or intense step chipping.
Update 2020/21: New construction of the aluminum alloy head making for a stronger connection to the shaft. Also the spiffy new color and ~10g lighter in the 50cm length.
|Lengths (cm)||50, 60, 70|
|Materials||7075-T6 aluminum alloy head and shaft|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Usage||Technical rando racing|
|Notes||Nylon spike plug comes with 60cm & 70cm versions to keep snow out of shaft.|
|Bottom Line||Lightest ice axe in the world.|
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Questions & Reviews
For most of my ski mountaineering trips, I now usually use a whippet. But if I'm taking on an objective where I might want a second pointy thing, I will throw this on my pack as a just in case. This came in handy last week on Mount Shuksan when we rappelled into a rather sketchy patch of steep snow and had to traverse out to get to more manageable terrain.
It's so lightweight, you almost forget you have it on your pack.
Others have complained about the unplugged shaft, and I agree that can sometimes present a problem. But as part of a quiver it's got some great uses.
With an unplugged shaft, it can be a bit of a drag to plunge in sticky snow, as the shaft can fill and then become more challenging to use. On the other end of the spectum, in stiff snow, it can take quite a bit of work to earn yourself secure placements with the axe. That's just a simple result of it weighing nothing: you have to do all the work.
That said, the 50 cm is the perfect tag along. If you're going to need a quick boot-axe belay or the top of the couloir requires some cornice wrangling, it can be great to have along. And for competitions that require an axe, I can't think of a lighter option (though they do make a 40 cm I think). Used appropriately, it's a great tool with no weight penalty.
Downside is that it comes with no leash and the metal shaft is slippery, so it needs a leash or attachment system of some sort. 3 mm cord will do, and is in keeping with the lightweight theme. A bit of sticky tape will make the shaft more grippable, too.
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