Winter skills 1.3: how to choose an ice axe

Tips on choosing the right ice axe for walking and climbing in the winter hills.

Winter’s nearly here. You’ve got the ideal excuse to nip off to the nearest gear shop and spend some of your hard-earned on shiny new kit. I mean, everyone knows that when there’s snow on the ground you can’t be seen leaving the car park without an ice axe of some sort strapped to the outside of your pack. So it’s off to the gear shop, but what should you be looking for?

This short film explains some of the differences between axes.

This is one of a series of instructional films produced exclusively for BMC TV in association with AMI (the Association of Mountaineering Instructors), Lowe Alpine and DMM.

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27 Jan 15

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