If you’ve ever thought to yourself “man, it’d be really cool if I could use my ice axe as a shovel handle,” you’re not alone. For years, weight and space-minded ski mountaineers have fantasized about the mythical ice axe that acted as a shovel handle. If you’re anything like us, you may have even tried all sorts of axe and shovel blade combinations, but haven't been satisfied. Alas..
In recent years, ski mountaineers have been looking for that sweet-spot ice axe - one that is light and compact enough to bring along without much of a weight penalty but is able to confidently set a pick when things get spicy. The Akila is Blue Ice’s worthy entry into the, let’s call it, “swingable ultralight” category means it carries like a butterfly but swings like a bee. A Chr..
The Corsa Alpine Axe is what we would call a necessity when it comes to lightweight mountaineering. This axe is designed with technical mountain travel in mind; the Corsa Alpine is almost like holding a feather. Well, a very durable feather that's made of steel and aluminum. This lightweight axe features a machined grip for easy handling. It's sleek design helps keep extra clearanc..
The Venom LT Tech Axe has a few tricks up its sleeve, and it’s sure to impress even the most curmudgeonly Black Diamond fans. Strip off the pommel and hammer attachments, swap out the pick (not included), and you’ve got yourself a svelte Venom LT Classic Axe. But that's just act one! Now grab a Transfer LT Shovel Blade, insert the axe shaft as a handle, and the tool shapeshifts int..
Sum’Tec is Petzl’s abbreviation for “somewhat technical.” Ok, not likely, but we are going to make the claim anyway and we’ll explain why. Light, and easily employed for daily use, its incredibly versatile design may be the ultimate axe for ski mountaineers. The 55cm length is perfectly suited for walking in the piolet-canne (cane) position or plunging the shaft up steep, firm s..
The CAMP Corsa Leash is being released with its friends, the Corsa Race and Corsa Alpine ice axes. However, this leash is compatible with any axe of your choosing. It's lightweight, weighing in at only 25 grams, and it is extremely easy to adjust the wrist loops while also maintaining a firm position once adjusted. This leash is easy to use and comes in a sleek black color. Take so..
The CAMP Touring Leash adds support while climbing and prevents you from dropping your ice axe. It consists of a simple rubber ring that holds up a strap of webbing, which you then put your wrist through. The strap can slide up and down the shaft above the rubber ring so you can switch between picking and plunging. Verified to fit the Corsa and Corsa Nanotech ice axes. 29 grams (1...
The head protector is a simple piece of rubber that stretches over the pick and adze of CAMP ice axes. Weighing 28 grams, it helps prevent slicing yourself while skiing with a ice axe attached to your pack. It also could help save nearby items if you toss axes in your pack or car. Verified to fit the Corsa line of axes, including the Nanotech...
When you're looking for a ski racing harness there aren't many boxes you need to check, but those that do need to be checked are paramount to your safety, comfort, and fun. Thankfully, CAMP's Alp Race Harness confidently checks every one of them! The Alp Race Harness is extremely lightweight, breathable, and tear-resistant. It comes with a small pouch that enables it to pack down t..
Weighing in at under 100g, the Blue Ice Choucas Light harness is definitely light! At the same time, it’s also extremely practical. The ski mountaineering harness is robust, packs easily, and fits in your pocket. Leg loop clips let you take it on and off with your skis on. Winner of an Outdoor Industry Award for its innovative design, the Choucas Light is guaranteed to inspire you ..
To rappel, or not to rappel? That is the question. Whether it is nobler in the mind to down climb or suffer the extra weight of thy harness and rope that will add to your pack. With William Shakespeare’s words echoing in your head these are not decisions that we should take lightly, but with CAMP’s new feather-light Alp CR ski mountaineering harness this decision comes much easier...
Unlike Icarus, when it comes to mountaineering you can never fly too high, and one way to hit those heights in a minimalist fashion is with Petzl's Fly harness. By removing all metal parts and traditional buckles from this design, Petzl has created an innovative harness in a lightweight package using its FUSEFRAME technology. The Fly harness has girth hitches at the leg loops and a..
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Using what they call "wireframe technology," Petzl has created a feature-rich but impossibly light harness for high-altitude climbing and ski mountaineering. The Altitude is light enough for racing but robust and feature-packed for all your ski mountaineering needs. The harness is very slim and packable yet doesn’t bite into you while hanging. The Petzl Altitude is the new standard..
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We've come a long way since the days when ski mountaineers used hip belays to keep their partners safe on steep pitches and lashed crossed curtain rods to their backs to catch crevasse falls. Nowadays, purpose-built harnesses for steep skiing and glacier traversing alike have reached a high level of sophistication. Petzl stepped back from the goals of their ultralight Altitude and ..
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A "rad" little package! The Petzl RAD (Rescue And Descent) System is designed as a quick deploying kit for skiers traveling in steep terrain or on glaciers where they may need to rope up, rappel, or perform a partner rescue from a crevasse. The kit is comprised of 30 meters of specially designed 6mm cordage, a Tibloc ascender, Micro Traxion pulley/ascender, 3 Attache carabiners, a ..
All the hardware you need to set up a haul system in one clean package. The Petzl Crevasse Rescue Kit (aka KIT SECOURS CREVASSE, naturally) is a compact self-contained collection of hauling hardware (no rope as in the RAD system). Using the rope you are hopefully already carrying, and the hardware in the kit, you can rest easy knowing that you are ready to tackle just about any pro..
The Beal Escaper may challenge your sensibilities. The Escaper is clever design that allows a descending party to rig their rappel as a retrievable single line. Not only can you ditch the weight and bulk of the second rope, but in many cases the Escaper will allow you to carry a shorter, and thus, lighter rope because you will have eliminated the need to double your line through th..
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It is an undeniable fact that more is just better. More vegetables, mo' money*, more fiber, etc… With the “more is better” attitude in mind, the folks at Mammut designed a ridiculously versatile climbing rope in the Bluesign certified 8.7mm Alpine Sender Dry Rope. This triple-certified rope can act as a single, double, or twin rope providing unmatched all-season capability for wher..
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To reach those obscure peaks, the distant couloirs, and the reverently spoken-of far away glaciers, you'll need some rad gear. The folks down at Petzl have been churning out high-quality gear since before any of us here at Skimo Co snapped into our first infant-sized spandex race suits, and they have verifiably perfected the art of making truly rad gear. The astonishingly light Pet..
As a general rule, outdoorsy folks love themselves some good accessory cord. It doesn't even matter if they don't have anything they need to tie together-- the mere thought of a nice coil of new cord will entice even the most ascetic. Petzl has been the purveyors of fine ropes and cordage for many years, and their accessory cords have been substituted for shoelaces, keychains, tent..
Versatile, convenient and can save the day! Beal's accessory cord has as many uses as a caterpillar has legs. These smaller diameter options can be used for repairs, for hanging or attaching things to your pack or yourself, or as a small lasso for your cat. If you are looking for larger diameter cord for bigger, badder, better needs you can check out our Petzl Cords that start at 4..
The Laser Speed Light is another beautifully designed piece of kit from Petzl. It’s an ice screw comprised of a durable steel drill, a stout anodized aluminum tube, a compact aluminum hanger, and a foldable lever. The “LSL” represents a minimal weight impact for such a high level of insurance in the mountains. The aluminum tube is anodized for corrosion resistance which increases d..
The Aero Lite Ice Screw from Blue Ice is a welcomed addition to any ski mountaineer's rack. Designed in the heart of Chamonix, these screws are some of the lightest ice screws on the market. A 13cm Aero Lite is significantly lighter than its Petzl Laser Speed Light counterpart. How is that possible? Both the shaft and hanger have been forged out of aluminum while the crank implemen..
Weighing 15% less than classic Camalots, the Black Diamond Ultralights are the best cams for light ‘n fast technical ascents. Use them for protection while climbing and as an emergency anchor on the descent. The lobes have been exquisitely machined to save weight and anodized to stay clean and color-coded. A Dyneema-core stem has been employed which further sheds the grams without ..
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CAMP is known for movement through technical terrain very efficient. Indeed, with the Kinetic Rewind Comp via ferrata set, flowing through the fixed-line sections of a Euro-tour or technical race is that much easier. 19mm Rewind webbing stays compressed and out of the way, so you can focus on moving instead of organizing lines at an anchor. Icarus carabiners open with one hand, so ..
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What's better than light and reliable equipment you may ask? Well, light and reliable equipment, such as the Grivel Scream, that facilitates the use of more light and reliable equipment! This truly does, as the Italians say, “lascia che tu abbia la tua torta e mangiala anche tu.” Being comprised of hot-drop forged, light alloy material, the Scream is light and compact, meaning you’..
We like simple gear because it’s easy to use with cold hands, in a daze of calorie-debt, or under the light of a headlamp. Petzl’s Reverso is a classic example of a simple piece of equipment that does its job and does it well. Capable of rappelling and belaying, the Reverso weighs only 57g. Deep V-shaped friction channels provide precise braking power on skinnier rope while also qu..
If terms like ultra-light, hot-forged, twin, single, and half rope get your wheels turning then we advise you to keep reading. If that did nothing for you then we suggest you look here for more inspiration. Weighing in at a scant 54g, the Petzl Verso is one of the lightest belay/rappel devices ever to grace this ski bum’s eyes. Designed for improved braking on skinnier ropes, the V..
Only Petzl could design an even slimmer, simpler yet truly well-crafted and elegant progress capture pulley in the wake of the famed Micro Traxion. Behold the Nano Traxion! This nifty piece of gear was seemingly created with weight-conscious ski mountaineers in mind by shaving off even more precious grams for an already extremely compact device. The Nano Traxion now provides users ..
The Petzl Micro Traxion has become an essential piece of hardware for modern crevasse rescue methods. This little device can be expediently used to haul a victim out with less rigging than traditional systems. It accomplishes this via a lightweight, self-contained, progress-capture pulley which obviates the need for more complex pulley/prussic combos. If you fall into a crevasse yo..
If you thought you had enough specialized devices to carry on your harness in glacial terrain, think again. As a constituent of the Crevasse Rescue Kit, the Petzl Partner is designed to be lightweight, compact, and extremely efficient, perfect for crevasse rescue scenarios. This efficiency also makes the Petzl Partner worth its weight in gold when hauling large loads, should you fi..
The Tibloc is light and compact ascending tool that should always be in your pack if you’re carrying rope. It’s perfect for self-rescue in a crevasse and ascending a rappel that didn’t quite make it to the dance floor. Rather than carrying around a full-size ascender, just hook a carabiner through the hole and the angled directional teeth go to work. The body is made of corrosion r..
If you’re looking to ascend a rope, Petzl’s got your back! The Ascension is an aptly named ascender that will quickly have you at the top looking for the fastest way down. With a wide, glove-friendly hand-slot and an ergonomically molded grip, you will not lose your grasp even on the coldest days. The toothed cam provides great grip and is self-cleaning to work with dirty or icy ro..
The Petzl Attache is a pear-shaped carabiner designed for all things related to belaying. Thanks to the compact design and Screw Lock system, this carabiner is perfect for attaching to a belay device or running a Munter hitch. The H box section helps to reduce weight to a svelte 56 grams while the Keylock system reduces snagging. The lock system has a great visual indicator to tell..
The Petzl Sm'D has much in common with its brethren: a modified "D" shape, manually locking gate that snaps closed reliably, and an aluminum body. The special characteristic that sets this carabiner apart is the small hole just below the gate on the body. This hole is specifically designed to tie a keeper sling for your Tibloc or Micro-Traxion, two valuable items that deserve the s..
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Black Diamond held no punches when cutting weight for their LiteForge Screwgate Carabiner-- they even removed the unnecessary letters in 'light'. Do you know how serious you have to be about 'light is right' to change the spelling of a word? It's been spelled 'light' since Old English was a commonly spoken language. Those folks over at BD really aren't messing around. Of course, li..
The weight of a wire-gate with the function of a traditional spring-gate? Sounds great! Petzl’s new Ange L (L for Large) weighs in at a svelte 34g with a seriously impressive 22kn major axis breaking strength. This is primarily due to the H-profile shaping. However, none of this matters if the gear doesn’t function properly. Luckily, the Ange is also incredibly well designed for sm..
Useful gear weighing less than 30g (28g, to be exact) is trying to earn a spot in your backpack. Petzl’s Ange S (S for Small), is the perfect companion for technical ascents, descents, side-scents, and impromptu zip-lines in the field. Built to perfection with a MonoFil Keylock gate that brings the best of wire and solid gates together in harmonious union, the Ange is smooth and du..
You can never have too many Nanos. Especially if you’re the type to litter the mountain with biners. The 22 is a revamped version of the classic CAMP Nano carabiner, which set the standard for lightweight functionality. The new version has a refined gate for easier clipping and a deeper basket for holding the rope position. CAMP also managed to increase the open-gate strength while..
The Mini Link is an ultralight stainless steel oval that is good for rigging rappels. The ovals are only 5cm x 2.5cm in size and weigh 21 grams (0.7 ounces) each. Perfect for ensuring a smooth rope pull-down without weighing down your pack with hardware. The Mini Links are made with 5mm thick stainless steel and rated with a 25kN (5620 lbf) breaking strength. Not CE certified...
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Everybody drops their keys, phone, or wallet on a near-daily basis (if not, you're probably from the same planet as Elon Musk). Usually, the consequences of this mistake go as far as muttering 'silly me' under your breath, bending over to pick up your dropped possessions, and continuing on with your day. However, you'll pay a steeper price (pun intended) than that if you drop your ..
It's well known that the Blue Ice Aero Lite ice screws help you levitate up ice climbs, thanks in part to their three-toothed design. However, it's equally well known that those teeth don't play nice with clothes or other soft goods. Should you lose the original protective cap that comes with each screw, grab a few more to keep your clothes intact when they have to share space with..
Some advantages of protecting the pointy ends of your ice axe include: 1) Preventing damage to your snow tools, 2) Preventing damage to all other gear within close proximity of your snow tools, and 3) Preventing damage to your body. These thermoplastic doodads come in safety orange so they can be easily spotted at the bottom of your pack. They also come with nifty closures so they ..
Like anything made by Petzl’s master craftspeople, the Trigrest weds functionality with simplicity. Compatible with Petzl Ice Axes such as the Ride, Gully and Sum’tec, the Trigrest is a pommel intended to enhance swing grip, preventing whoopsy-daisies that could see an axe careening out of your hand into a lurking bergschrund. The nylon and steel construction has a super solid feel..
When you need a little more "oomph" in the steeps, add some mass to your axe! Specially designed to fit the Sum'Tec, Gully, and most other Petzl ice axes, these pick weights are low profile and have a secure connection. The tapered shape lends itself to slotting nicely into cracks in rock, so they won't be in your way even on moderate mixed climbing terrain. Sold as a 65 gram set f..
A simple 4 gram (0.1 ounce) piece of rubber could save a much more expensive pack or jacket. Slide the protector on the spike of your CAMP ice axe for some peace of mind. Verified to fit the CAMP Corsa Nanotech axe...
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If you replace both the shaft and head of George Washington’s ice ax, is it still the same ax? Trick question: he died before the first modern ice axe was created in 1840. Nevertheless, you should feel free to change the identity of your ice axe by replacing these parts as often as you’d like. Everything listed here is sold individually. X-Alp Leash – Padded leash with a “lock o..
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