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CHOUINARD-FROST LAMINATED BAMBOO HANDLE ICE AXE PIOLET 80 Cm (30 1/2'') Near Fine
By Chouinard, Yvon and Tom Frost, GPIW
Price: $550.00


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We offer a Laminated Bamboo Handled Chouinard Piolet, or Ice Axe. The axe is 30 1/2'' (80 cm) long. Condition is Fine. Shows some possible minor use, rust spots removed from the head.  Good evidence that it saw little use.
 
Postage in this item is $25 Priority Mail in the USA, $75 International Airmail. This will be added after checkout, in addition to other items you may purchase.
 
In the late 1960s the fertile minds of Tom Frost and Yvon Chouinard invented and created some of the most innovative gear for rock and ice climbing ever devised. Their gear helped enable standards to be raised considerably. Where high level rock and ice climbing had been the province of a few elite climbers, mostly Europeans, by the 1970s great climbers were coming from everywhere.
 
And if the climbers ice climbed, they used Chouinard Ice Axes and Crampons. Chouinard copied the steep drooping pick of European hand made axes, that planted firmly in hard ice or Neve, and made balance and esthetics primary.
 
Chouinard and Frost first used hickory wood handles on their tools, but changed to laminated Bamboo in 1972 as it was believed to be lighter, stronger and provided a warmer, better grip than other materials. It was soon superseded by other materials, but the beauty of those early ice axes and tools have endured.
 




 






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