Andrew Rankine wrote:I have been looking at this thread, seeing what people were saying. I'm hearing shorter, longer, whatever... What I think would be useful is actual examples of ice axe length, and height for reference. For example, I am 6 ft (182 cm), and have a pair of 50 cm axes (for steeper terrain), and an 80 cm axe (for general use).
DrGranola wrote:I'm 5' 11" and I have a 75cm for general use that works well for up to 45* slopes. I have used it on steeper terrain, but I wanted a shorter axe and will be getting one when the time for it comes. I'm usually told that 75cm is a little long for my size, but I think it's just fine and dandy. The spike of my ax hangs about 1" above the ground with my arm fully extended. I was going to get the 65cm, but when I got to REI they were sold out and the 75cm was on sale.
Sunny Buns wrote:I'm 6'-0" tall and I use a 32.5" axe (82.5 cm). I don't do much high angle climbing and the long axe is a good walking cane.
On a multi-day trip I prefer to carry the axe in my hand rather than add weight to an already heavy backpack, and the long axe will support itsself between steps.
On steep terrain it does get to be a long reach to be able to stab it into the snow, but those times are fairly rare on the snow slog climbs I do. It's worked fine now since I bought it in ~ 1990. It's a Stubai Superleicht.
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