Snow & Ice

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  • DMM Bulldog

    DMM Bulldog

    For frozen turf, thin icy cracks and marginal ice smears - your new best friend...
  • DMM Deadman

    DMM Deadman

    Protection wizardry for snowy gullies and other snow filled situations
  • DMM Fly Ice Axe

    DMM Fly Ice Axe

    £120.00 £150.00
    The iconic DMM Fly - all-round climbing axe for walking, mountaineering and ice climbing
  • DMM Freedom Leash

    DMM Freedom Leash

    Enjoy the benefits and freedom of leashless climbing without the risk of losing your tools.
  • DMM Grippy Grip Tape

    DMM Grippy Grip Tape

    Customise your shaft with some rubbery grip tape - ideal for any winter tool
  • DMM Terrier

    DMM Terrier

    The terrier - small but not without teeth...
  • DMM Torque Nut

    DMM Torque Nut

    Torque nuts take over where the Wallnuts finish. Compliments your set of cams
  • Petzl Altitude Harness

    Petzl Altitude Harness

    Ultra-lightweight (LESS THAN 200 GRAMS!) mountaineering/ski harness that can be donned with feat on the ground (or skis)
  • Petzl Caritool

    Petzl Caritool

    Increase gear carrying options - a great accessory for mountaineering, ice climbing and long routes, will even hold your ice axes for you!
  • Petzl Caritool Evo

    Petzl Caritool Evo

    An updated design, the Caritool Evo can be attached to any harness. A universal holder for ice screws and ice axes.
  • Petzl Dry Pick

    Petzl Dry Pick

    A replacement pick for Petzl technical climbing axes - designed for dry tooling and extreme ice climbing
  • Petzl Fakir Crampon Bag

    Petzl Fakir Crampon Bag

    A PVC / Mesh combo for a carrying bag for crampons - protects your other kit from the points...
  • Petzl Irvis Crampons

    Petzl Irvis Crampons

    Lightweight 10 Point Crampons with anti-balling for ski-touring, glacier travel and easy winter walking.
  • Petzl Laser Speed Ice Screw

    Petzl Laser Speed Ice Screw

    Quick and easy screwing in any conditions with this steel, colour coded performance ice screw with integrated crank
  • Petzl Sarken Crampons

    Petzl Sarken Crampons

    Technical mountaineering 14 point crampons with T-shaped front points. Ideal for Scottish winter climbing through mixed terrain and onto the ice
  • Petzl Sarken Front Section

    Petzl Sarken Front Section

    Compatible with all Petzl crampons - Petzl Sarken front section as a replacement or to transform crampons into technical mountaineering crampons
  • Petzl Summit Evo Ice Axe

    Petzl Summit Evo Ice Axe

    A modern lightweight technical ice axe for classic mountaineering. A curved shaft for steeper terrain with a hot forged steel head
  • Petzl V-Link

    Petzl V-Link

    Elastcated loss-preventionm webbing for technical ice axes - go leashless without the possibility of dropping your ice axes out of reach
  • Petzl Vasak Front Section

    Petzl Vasak Front Section

    Compatible with all Petzl crampons - Petzl Vasak front section as a replacement or to transform crampons into classic mountaineering crampons
Ice Axes
As with crampons there are numerous choices to be made when looking for a new ice axe, with different tools for different purposes, different lengths, heads, shafts, picks and then personal preference on top it can be quite a challenge.  Ice axes are divided into three main classes though there some that fit between the types;

Walking Axe
As the name suggests this is a tool for winter walking.  Used for extra stability on snow and ice, as a balance aid on steeper ground, for chopping steps into ice and also stopping a slide after a fall.  Traditionally longer shafts have been used as they are easier to use a walking stick but if a fall does occur a shorter shaft is much easier to perform an ice axe arrest with therefore a compromise of between 55cm and 65cm is best. 

Mountaineering / Alpine Axe
Occupying the middle ground between a walking axe and a technical ice tool.  With more curve in the pick than a walking axe yet much straighter 'cleaner' shaft than a technical tool that lends itself better to 'plunging' into snow. 

Technical Ice Axe
Designed for ice climbing these aggressive looking axes have a curved or angled shaft allowing a more effective swing into ice.  The curve can make plunging the spike (handle end) into snow more difficult but daggering (using the full length of the pick) is easier thanks to the increased knuckle clearance. 
Technical axe picks have a reverse curve pick for more precise placements - great for climbing but then makes ice axe arrests trickier.  Some are designed to be used with leashes though many are now 'leashless' - products like the DMM Freedom Leash or the Petzl V-Link a good idea to prevent dropping your tools mid-route.

Shaft and Pick Ratings
Both picks and shafts are either 'B' or 'T' Rated.  Most ice axe shafts these days are T-Rated, this means they will guarantee a minimum strength of 350kg (snow belays, torquing etc).  Picks that are B-Rated tend to be considered 'high performance'  with finer blades - best suited for pure water ice climbing while T-Rated picks are much stronger and will endure mixed climbing (recommended for Scottish and UK ice climbing).