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Need new ice axes? Take your pick

When you’re out sending ice and mixed routes in the wintertime, the tools you use can make the difference between a pump-filled uphill battle or a breezy climb. Finding the perfect technical ice axes for you can be difficult, but once you’ve found an axe that swings just right, you’ll be shattering through routes with no problem. Check out technical ice tools from climbing staples like Petzl, Black Diamond and CAMP to conquer your next project.

Choose your cold-weather climbing companions

If you’re searching for a new ice axe, the ideal choice is one where purpose meets preference in a way that works for you. Do you want highly technical ice axes made for climbing pure ice, or something that performs just as well on mixed routes? Hammer or adze? It’s also a good idea to try out a few different ice axes in person, so you can make sure the axe feels comfortable in your grip.

Tackle icy terrain

With your new ice axes and some sturdy crampons, you’ll be ready to take on any challenges the ice might throw your way. And if you’re new to the sport, you can take a look at our article on ice climbing basics before you train with a certified guide or instructor.