Questions tagged [ice-axes]

An ice axe is a specialist piece of mountaineering equipment used in winter conditions. It is roughly axe shaped but can come in many forms from long handled walking axes to specialist ice climbing axes. Use this tag for all questions regarding the use, maintenance, etc. of ice axes.

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What is the proper technique for self-arrest when wearing crampons?

What is the proper technique to self-arrest and brake a fall, given steep icy (frozen snow) slope, when wearing crampons and wielding an ice axe? Should the crampons be used for stopping or held high ...
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How do I know what size ice axe I should get?

I'm going to start mountaineering. Is there a recommended size per height/weight for ice axes for general mountaineering?
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What’s the difference between a B and a T ice axe?

Some ice axes are labeled as “B”, others as “T”. What’s the meaning of these letters and what are their practical implications?