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Ice Axe Accessories

With a little DIY skill, it is possible to adapt say Petzl accessories to eg DMM axes and vica versa and so change your older Scottish mixed tools into continental style leashless climbing axes. Here is a chart of what we feel works in this respect - if you have successfully made an adaptation not listed please let us know and we'll add it. It should be noted that any adapting of parts to fit axes other than those they were intended for will almost certainly invalidate any manufacturer's warranty that comes with those parts.

We should add in a note here about the latest Petzl Trigrests (both sorts). These are very easy to fit to nearly any axe and the trig bit can be discarded leaving just a bolt on rest, which is what most people want. It may be necessary to remove some of the rubber grip from your axe to get them to fit, or alternatively to pad them out with a bit of old inner tube. However, they don't give much hand protection when fitted as a lower rest and we have had reports of breakages.

Ice Axe Accessories - What Fits What (with a bit of bodging)!
Axe Petzl
Trigrest

Petzl
Griprest (Quark
2010)

Petzl Griprest (old)

Grivel Horn

Grivel Trigger Black

Grivel Trigger Yellow

BD
Strike (new)

BD
Strike
(old)

BD
Fang
(new)
BD
Fang
(old)
Grivel
Slider
DMM Fly
Petzl Aztar * ** **
Petzl Quark (pre 2010) ** **
BD Viper
BD Viper '07
BD Cobra
Grivel Matrix Light
BD Venom **
BD Raven **
Stubai Hornet *
Grivel Evo Tech * **
* = Drilling etc required. ** =Longer bolt required.

Handrests: Handrests (also known as Griprests, Fangs, Horns etc) are the hand-resting/protecting hooks that are designed to be fitted to the bottom of the shaft of icefall axes. Although they are only made to fit certain axes, there are plenty of botch up jobs out there where people have fitted them to axes such as the DMM Fly - check out the UK Climbing Gear and Winter Forums for examples of how to do this.

Petzl - Sum'Tec Trigrest (U15 TRI)

£13.99

Sliding Trigrest designed for Petzl Sum'Tec Axes but which would probably fit on many other axes of various makes as long as they had shafts of the correct size. It can be used as a lower hand rest by chucking away the orange bit and tightening it up fully (may need padding out with a bit of old inner tube).

 

Quark/Nomic/Ergo Trigrest (U19 TRI)

£14.99

A trigger designed for the 2010/11 models of Quark, Nomic and Ergo, but which could probably be persuaded to fit many other axes. It can be used as a lower hand rest by chucking away the smallest bit and tightening it up fully (may need padding out with a bit of old inner tube).

 

DMM - Apex/Fly Top Handrest

£9.99

Upper hand rest for the DMM 2012 Apex and Fly axes. It comes fitted to the Apex axes but not to Fly axes and Fly owners may wish to update their axes by adding a pair of these.

 

DMM - Apex/Fly Lower Handrest

£9.99

Lower hand rest for the DMM 2012 Apex and Fly axes.

 

Petzl - Griprest for Pre 2010 Quark (PCU 19900)

Bolt on extra to convert older style Quarks for leashless climbing, or just to protect your knuckles from the ice. Sorry - Petzl no longer make these.

 

Petzl - Griprest for the 2010/11 Nomic and Ergo (U21 GR3)

£12.50

Griprest for the 2010/11 Nomic and Ergo. Will fit older models.

 
 

Black Diamond - Viper/Cobra Fang

£9.99

Plastic hook to attach to the bottom of your Viper shaft for greater hand support on steep ice to enable leashless climbing with knuckle protection.

 

Grivel - The Horn

£14.99

Grivel's version of the Petzl/Charlet Griprest. It bolts onto the bottom of a Grivel axe or hammer shaft giving a rest for your hand so that you can go leashless and protecting your fingers from the ice.

 

Grivel - Slider

The Slider is a hand rest that can slide up and down the shaft/handle. Sorry - this item is no longer made.

 

Grivel - Easy Slider with Non-Rotor Krab

£24.99

A cunning combination of a Single Spring Leash and a sliding hand rest and ideal for an alpine axe where you need to alternate regularly between walking mode and climbing mode, change hands according to the slope, want to keep your hands free and don't want to risk dropping your axe.

 

Shaft Rests & Triggers: Shaft Rests are small rests fitted about halfway down the shaft to enable easy hand changes when climbing leashless. They are also quite useful when climbing leashed as they enable the axe to be gripped differently. Triggers are intended to be fixed to the shaft of your axes in such a position that your index finger rests on them and gives great control and accuracy.

Black Diamond - Viper Strike

£9.99

An upper grip attachment for use when climbing leashless, to enable switching hands and resting more easily.

 

Grivel - Trigger

£14.99

Exert extra control over your axe on hard cascade and buttress climbs with the Trigger.

 

Quark/Nomic/Ergo Trigrest (U19 TRI)

£14.99

A trigger designed for the 2010/11 models of Quark, Nomic and Ergo, but which could probably be persuaded to fit many other axes. It can be used as a lower hand rest by chucking away the smallest bit and tightening it up fully (may need padding out with a bit of old inner tube).

 

Petzl - Sum'Tec Trigrest (U15 TRI)

£13.99

Sliding Trigrest designed for Petzl Sum'Tec Axes but which would probably fit on many other axes of various makes as long as they had shafts of the correct size. It can be used as a lower hand rest by chucking away the orange bit and tightening it up fully (may need padding out with a bit of old inner tube).

 

Axe Grip: Rubber or other material to make axe heads and shafts easier to grip.

Grivel - Cappuccino

£11.99

Latex rubber protector for the head of a walking/alpine axe, providing insulation and a better grip. Particularly useful at high altitude where bare metal can get very cold indeed.

 

Petzl - Griptape

£7.50

Self-adhesive rubber grip tape for customising ice tools (or replacing worn out hand grips). Each roll is 1 metre long by 19mm wide.

 

DMM - Grippy Tape

£5.95

Self-adhesive rubber grip tape for customising ice tools (or replacing worn out hand grips). Each roll is 3 metres long by 19mm wide.

 

Grivel - Carborundum Strips (Pack of 4)

£5.50

Pack of four self-adhesive strips of very rough sandpaper like material (actually very similar skateboard decking) that can be applied to axe shafts to give extra grip.

 

Headweights: Extra weight that can be fixed to the head of an axe to increase its penetration into hard ice.

Petzl - Masselottes Anti-Vibration Flange (U21600)

£24.50

Extra weight designed to bolt on to Petzl's new picks. Fits the 2011 range of Petzl axes (Quark, Nomic and Ergo).

 

General Accessories:

Black Diamond - Blizzard Holster

£9.99

Tough webbing axe holster that is simple to attach to a harness or rucksack. Securely holds an ice tool (or even two) or a big wall hammer.

 

Grivel - Axe Guard

£5.99

Ingenious rubber thingie for protecting your axe head that stays attached to your axe when not in use so that you don't lose it.

 

C.A.M.P. - Axe Head Protector (389)

£4.75

Black rubber thingy made to protect the point and adze of any mountain axe.

 

Black Diamond - Axe Protector (Pick and Adze)

£5.99

Ice pick and adze protector for gear transport. Protects the pick and adze and other people's eyes from damage. This one is designed for tools with an adze.

 

Black Diamond - Pick Protector

£3.99

Ice pick protector for gear transport. Protects the pick and other people from damage. This one is designed for tools without an adze.

 

Grivel - Hammer Head Protector

Special Offer £2.99!!

Rubber hammer head protector for Grivel ice hammers.

 

C.A.M.P. - Triangular Axe Spike Protector (391)

£1.99

Small black triangular ice axe ferule protector.

 

Black Diamond - Spike Protector

£3.99

Ice axe spike (ferule) protector for gear transport. Protects the pick and other people from damage. This one is designed to cover the ferule (spike at the end of the shaft).