The ICE Climber


Gripped - - THE RACK -

We are head­ing into the cold­est and dark­est days of the year in Canada, but that’s no rea­son to stay in­side. If you’re new to ice climb­ing or you’ve been swing­ing tools for decades, here’s some of our favourite ice climb­ing equip­ment for this sea­son.

DMM Apex

DMM has been mak­ing some of the in­dus­try’s lead­ing ice tools for over two decades and it’s easy to say the Apex is their best work­horse of a tool yet. They’re ro­bust, ver­sa­tile and will in­stil con­fi­dence no mat­ter what you’re climb­ing. Few tools al­low you to move be­tween hand rests with­out the pick ro­tat­ing like these. The ra­dius of the tools lets you clear bulgy cauliflower and awk­ward mush­rooms. The at­ten­tion to de­tail is ob­vi­ous when you find the tool’s bal­ance point. The picks are very durable and the han­dles fit big mitts. Great for long mod­er­ates.

Black Di­a­mond

The Fu­els have been many climbers go-to tool for the past few sea­sons and for good rea­sons. They are a solid all-round choice for steep ice and tech­ni­cal mixed. They swing like a dream and have com­fort­able grips with su­per sticky rub­ber. The shaft is hy­dro­formed from a sin­gle piece of alu­minum for rigid­ity. They’re sleek and stream­lined with a sim­ple head de­sign that is easy to use when swap­ping picks. They have a re­mov­able and clip­pable spike and the pom­mel has spac­ing wash­ers for dif­fer­ent hand sizes. If you go with an in­te­grated ham­mer, then you can pound pins on mixed and alpine routes. Ideal for steep ice and mixed.

Petzl Nomic Fuel

The new-for-2018 Petzl Nomic is an evo­lu­tion of the very pop­u­lar sec­ond­gen­er­a­tion Nomic. It has a new plas­tic head insert which ad­dresses the is­sues climbers were hav­ing with a loose head and the new grips are softer, grip­pier and wider. The new han­dle is also 20 grams lighter. It has an up­dated Mini Marteau ham­mer which brings the weight back up to 605 grams. The new pom­mel has a spike and lan­yard at­tach­ment, which is not meant for body­weight. The pick weights are re­designed with a ta­per to jam in cracks. Amaz­ing up­dates which make a sur­pris­ingly big dif­fer­ence in the per­for­mance. Highly rec­om­mended.

Maxim Unity 8mm Ster­ling Fu­sion Pho­ton 7.8mm Dry XP Rope

DMM Apex Black Di­a­mond Fuel

Petzl Nomic

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