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David Olsen
(bivysack.com) - F

Locale: Channeled Scablands
Ice Axe for 12 year old on 04/08/2014 18:25:19 MDT Print View

Axe needed for snow climbs. What are the best values? Used would be fine.

Greg Mihalik
(greg23) - M

Locale: Colorado
Re: Ice Axe for 12 year old on 04/08/2014 18:49:04 MDT Print View

Give serious thought to the requirement for the adz. The pick, Yes, for self arrest, but in a panic situation it is pretty easy to pull an ax under the body, and the adz close to the face.

You know best, but try to remember what it was like when you were learning.

Rick M
(rmjapan) - F

Locale: Tokyo, Japan
Re: Re: Ice Axe for 12 year old on 04/08/2014 18:56:04 MDT Print View

The Clymb had a Grivel Futura, sans adze, on sale for $30 + 30% off at the end of March. With another 10% cash rebate service, I got it for $19 shipped!

Jane Howe
(janeclimber) - MLife
a used third tool? on 04/23/2014 16:36:51 MDT Print View

Depending upon the height of the kid, if the kid is shorter than 5', she/he can use a third tool such as Simond's Fox or Grivel Black 3. But they are hard to come by now. If buying new ones, make sure you get an ax for no longer than 50 cm.