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Snowtube Snow Anchor

Snowtube Snow Anchor

Page Type: Gear Review

Object Title: Snowtube Snow Anchor

Manufacturer: Petzl

Your Opinion: 
 - 1 Votes


Page By: Dow Williams

Created/Edited: Oct 25, 2009 / Oct 25, 2009

Object ID: 6527

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Product Description

The Petzl Snowtube provides a secure anchors in neve where ice screws just won’t get the job done. Don’t get on a big alpine route without a couple of these pieces on your rack, or you’ll end up with some sketchy butt belay after a nasty pitch—and those situations are best avoided. Petzl made this picket with a smooth, low-profile shape, so it fits nicely in your pack’s wand pocket for easy carrying on routes.


Material: Aluminum Shape: Oval Type: Picket Weight: [55cm] 9.3oz (265g); [100cm] 16.5oz (470g) Recommended Use: Alpine climbing, mountaineering Manufacturer Warranty: 1 Year



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Dow Williamspersonally

Voted 1/5

I would never carry these over the much cheaper and traditional pickets....how much gear are you going to carry? ice screws and pickets....this tube is not as solid as a picket...use would be for somewhere between ice screws and pickets in my opinion. Seen them demonstrated, not sold.
Posted Oct 25, 2009 6:28 pm

MarcsoltanRe: personally

Hasn't voted

Totally agree. Snow pickets with the "T" cross section work great. You can also put in extra holes in the shaft so you can tie-in/clip-in as close to the snow as you can. It seems that if you forget to get the snow out of this tube you could end up with a heavy and useless stick.
Posted Oct 30, 2009 7:44 pm

lukehumphreyRe: personally

Hasn't voted

What's the difference between this and using your ice axe as an anchor? Seems like it's just an ice axe shaft. By "solid" do you mean you would break/bend, or can you be more specific about your fear? I'm just curious, thanks for the info. This is obviously lighter so weight savings would be nice.
Posted Apr 24, 2012 2:14 am

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