Gear up for classic glacier climbs with the strong and trusty Grivel G1 ice axe.
|Country of Origin:||Italy|
|Material:||Carbon steel pick and spike/ERGAL aluminum alloy shaft|
|Pick shape:||Classic curve|
|Shaft Rating:||B Rated|
|Weight:||(66cm) 468 grams|
|Grivel G1+ S.a. Axe||$94.95 - $99.90|
|Grivel G1 Ice Axe at SunnySports||$69.95|
I agree with Dane Burns, and would add that Grivel gives you superior materials (High-carbon hot-forged steel not cast stainless) and construction (note the head and shaft tip are not just glued but riveted as well) at the same or even lower price than similar BD. Compare for yourself. IMO, people buy axes way too long and are usually advised to do so, I think they should be climbing length (short) if used for climbing. I use poles when not on steep terrain. Renting an axe is a good way to see what works best for you before you buy.
Being a BD fan for years, when given the Grivel G1 ice axe for a Mt. Rainier summit attempt I took advantage of this and gave it a good work out throughout the PNW for a couple of years.
Light weight and simple. Construction is great without the use of rivets like the lower priced knock offs.
I did find that holding the G1 isn't as comfortable as the BD Raven, but it was light and easy to use.
A basic axe that will get you up most any mountain in the worls, Rainier, Mt Blanc or Everest...seriously this one axe will do it all on any of the three by the easier routes..
There's not much to say about this axe beyond the fact that it will get you across the mountains safely if you use it right. Grivel doesn't make junk, and you can take this anywhere.
The trouble is with the uncomfortable head, which makes you less likely to carry it in those times when you aren't quite sure if you need it or not. If you want a better axe, go with the barely more expensive Raven or the even better Raven Pro.