The Petzl Glacier Literide is a lightweight specialist touring axe. The Glacier Literide has a lightweight yet very durable steel pick for excellent anchoring and the lightweight aluminium shaft has a cut handle for a better grip and an anodized finish for protection against rust. This is a lightweight but high performance axe for ski touring and mountaineering and fast and light alpine climbing.
The toothed steel pick has a technical profile and is narrow at the tip for secure anchoring on hard ice whilst the stainless steel spike will penetrate hard snow well. The adze is designed to give a comfortable supporting surface whilst being able to cut efficiently and the head and spike are equipped with holes for clipping a carabiner or attaching a sling. This is the perfect axe for skiing on glaciers and steep slopes.
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A well made, beautifully balanced, lightweight axe. It assuredly got me over steep and exposed terrain on a recent ski tour in the Silvretta. I'm 5' 8" and the 50 cm shaft felt perfect. The forged spike and straight shaft means the axe drives in vertically very well, which is where a majority of its use will be when cramponing up steep cols. An axe is an indispensable piece of kit for ski touring, and this one does the required job perfectly.
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