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  • n. An axe used by mountaineers to cut footholds in the ice

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  • n. an ax used by mountain climbers for cutting footholds in ice


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  • Waving my ice axe in the air, I shouted with joy at my forty-fifth winter fourteener solo, my completion of the Elk Range in a single winter and the last of the technically hard routes, and the singular experience of a double traverse of the Maroon Bells ridge.

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  • If I wanted a shot at doing the climb today, I would have to climb this curtain of water ice with a single ice axe and general mountaineering crampons—not my preferred ice-climbing equipment.

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