Altitude 65

 

Page Type Gear Review
Object Title Altitude 65
Manufacturer Camp
Page By dalton1
Page Type Jan 16, 2006 / Jan 16, 2006
Object ID 1579
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Medium light axe made for ski mountaineering and classical alpine mountaineering, glacier walking, but not suitable for ice climbing!

It's made of aluminium so it's not the strongest one but suitable up to 50°-55° glacier gradation!

Keep between:-40°C-+50°C!

Very similiar product: Camp XLA 210!

Website of Camp Manufactures here!

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CharlesD - Feb 2, 2006 2:01 pm - Voted 4/5

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I have the Altitude 70 and have been using it extensively for two seasons now. It is a great axe as far as it goes. Great for lower-angled stuff (<45 degrees) and moderate mountaineering. I've climbed some WI3 with it and it works, though is far from ideal, but it performs very well on glissades, couloir climbs, and steep traverses.

It should be noted that the shaft is aluminum, but the head is steel (unlike the similar, lighter XLA 210). This is a good compromise between functionality and weight. The pick length is noticably shorter than comparable axes out there (BD Raven, for instance) and the adze is a bit anemic. The spike design is adequate for soft snow, but doesn't work well in compacted glacier ice. A steel spike would be nice, but would be difficult to engineer into the existing shaft.

Pros:
  • super light weight without compromising functionality
  • easy to pack and light enough you'll have it with you when you need it
  • simple design

    Cons:
  • aluminum spike doesn't work well in very hard snow/alpine ice
  • short pick/adze
  • stock leash is irritating and too short (remove and tie your own)

    This is a great take-anywhere, pack-and-forget mountain axe. Four out of five stars.

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