Grivel Nepal SA Ice Axe with Long Leash Evo

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The Grivel Nepal SA is an ice axe suitable for classic alpine mountaineering and winter hill walking.

Grivel Nepal SA Ice Axe with Long Leash Evo

Red 58cm
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Designed for classic mountaineering and winter walks, the Grivel Nepal SA ice axe has a forged steel blade and an adze. Its shaft is slightly curved to facilitate the self-arrest manoeuvre (hence the name SA), a technique used by walkers and climbers to stop a slip on hard snow.

Its leash is equipped with a handy rubber tip protector which is very useful when in a cable car, and it has an aluminium shaft to keep the weight low. 

Materials:: hot-forged steel blade, aluminium shaft.

Certification: CE EN 13089, Type 1, UIAA 152.

Weight: c 440g.

New Axe Tests
B and T Ratings have been superseded by new EN Ratings, Type 1 and Type 2:
Both have the same test and strength requirement for the shaft strength test (which best simulates the buried axe/T-Slot technique), so either axe type can be used for belaying from the shaft in a buried axe belay. Where the differences between Type 1 and 2 become more obvious is in the lab tests that try to simulate torqueing/stein pulling and really test the strength of the pick and the pick-shaft interface, with the loads required for Type 2 tools being significantly higher.

So in summary:
Type 1: Standard walking and alpine mountaineering axes, suitable for ice axe belaying, but not designed for hard modern mixed climbing involving torqueing picks etc.
Type 2: Modern leashless tools suitable for ice axe belaying, and also designed for hard modern mixed climbing involving torqueing picks etc.

Thus it is not strictly true that Type 1 = B and Type 2 = T as both tests pass the old T shaft test and Type 2 axes are now being tested for properties that were not previously tested for.

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