North aspects can be a little tricky throughout winter due to avalanche concerns and melting ice, but in spring, they're the last chance you get at enjoying mercury before summer takes its toll. Although they're you're last chance before the ice-hiatus, summertime ascents can bring a slew of problems on their own, but Salewa's North-X Hammer Ice Axe seems to take care of those problems for you. Designed for technical mountaineering, the North-X handles unexpected, icy situations on steep terrain with sophisticated elegance. Its hot-forged steel pick has a twenty degree offset angle to balance swing action and precise placements on all types of rock and ice, and the insulated handle works with the included leash to keep you ready for warm descents back to the car.
- Ice axe designed for technical mountaineering and mixed climbing
- Hot-forged steel pick balances swing action and precise placements
- Ultralight shaft with adjustable, easy-sliding hand rest
- Steel tip offers better hold on rock and ice
- Q & A
Killer tool for alpine ice and easy WI
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I used these tools last season for alpine objectives with some alpine ice or water ice while ski touring. Decently light, but a bit more than an ultralight axe, gave me confidence while swinging. The griprest and leash are super nice to be integrated, and the whole tool feels minimal and a "package"