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Check it out. Using a long 85cm. hiking ax as hand tool. The 'state of the art' tool of the day; a 65 cm.'terrordactyl' is the other one.  I couldn't afford the ultimate tool, a Lowe Hummingbird.  Tied to harness on long runners, before real leashes were 'en vogue for ice tools. Slick wool gloves against no-grip tools with no talons to hang on leashlessly.  Cheap SMC hinged crampons complete the costume folks. But we managed.

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By Jacek Czyz
From: Denver, Chicago, Poland
Mar 3, 2010

Even not so long ago (8-10 years) I widely use my 65cm ax/hammer Hummingbird. It was not so easy to import from CAMP to communist Poland at mid 80. I miss it on my last 12 mounts journey climbing all (ABC) CO 14ers. Many class4/easy5 routes in winter. It will be the best as ax and ice tool in one.

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Check it out. Using a long 85cm. hiking ax as hand tool. The 'state of the art' tool of the day; a 65 cm.'terrordactyl' is the other one. I couldn't afford the ultimate tool, a Lowe Hummingbird. Tied to harness on long runners, before real leashes were 'en vogue for ice tools. Slick wool gloves against no-grip tools with no talons to hang on leashlessly. Cheap SMC hinged crampons complete the costume folks. But we managed.

Submitted By: Woodchuck ATC on Feb 26, 2010
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Starved Rock Ice History (WI4- )