A backcountry multi-tool.

Backcountry Access' Shaxe Tech Shovel is a versatile tool for both ski mountaineering missions and powder touring. BCA designed the Shaxe to eliminate extra materials (and weight) from your touring pack by enabling the shaft to double as both a handle for a shovel and ice axe. The sturdy aluminum shaft can be equipped with either a shovel or stainless steel pick (both are included), and it can be used to build a rescue sled with any pair of skis that have skin holes in the tip, thanks to the included wing nuts and bolts (also included). The shovel blade is serrated to cut through solidified avy debris, and it is slotted so it can be used as a snow anchor when ski mountaineering—although, it's not recommended to go rapping into a crevasse off it. The type 1 ice axe is suitable for general mountaineering (self-arresting and cutting steps) and has nine degrees of pick angle for a better feel when climbing steep slopes.

  • A shovel and ice axe combo for ski mountaineering
  • Serrated shovel cuts through hard avalanche debris
  • Stainless steel ice axe attaches to aluminum handle
  • Included hardware can be used to assemble a rescue sled
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

2 in 1 tool saves weight and space!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Love the Shaxe, i always carry a shovel in my pack, now all i have to do is throw in either the lightweight aluminum axe head or beefier steel one depending on what conditions i expect to encounter. You never have to decide to bring an axe or not to save weight, it's easy to switch out and takes up very little extra space. Highly recommend.

2 in 1 tool saves weight and space!

useful tool

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

First I have to recommend the technical SHAXE over the basic SHAXE. if you are doing the step stuff you will be swinging overhead and the curve shaft will make this easier and it does not impede the ability to self arrest. The shovel works quite well in busting up hard pack. I have not made a sled with it. You will need some straps (not included) to build a sled up. They should consider including two straps in the kit. Other than that great tool.

Bomber

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm always thinking lightweight function when I'm out split-boarding and the shovel/axe combo is just the ticket. It's been super lightweight and super durable. It's always epic when you find a multi-tool that doesn't compromise function in all it's uses!