Snowtube Snow Anchor


Snowtube Snow Anchor
Page Type Gear Review
Object Title Snowtube Snow Anchor
Manufacturer Petzl
Page By Dow Williams
Page Type 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 Williams - Oct 25, 2009 6:28 pm - Voted 1/5

I would never carry these over the much cheaper and traditional 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.

Marcsoltan - Oct 30, 2009 7:44 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: personally
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.

lukehumphrey - Apr 24, 2012 2:14 am - Hasn't voted

Re: personally
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.

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