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Dave Thexton's picture
Climbing Gear Geek
Jul 28th 2015
Hi Mikhael, You should be looking for a mixed tool if you are thinking of getting into to dry tooling. Or better still, some axes such as the Petzl ergo, have been made with dry tooling specifically in mind (although they still work fine on ice). The only thing you should look out for is whether the actual pick has been made for mixed or ice routes. You will have a much better time hooking small rock edges with a mixed pick than you will with an ice pick. Hope that helps, Dave

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Dave Thexton's picture
Climbing Gear Geek
Jul 23rd 2015
Hi Silas, It is certainly possible, however curved, aggressive tools such as the Nomic don't make anchors as strong as straighter axes. If you are planning to climb a route where you think you will need to use snow anchors, then maybe you should take one Nomic and one straighter tool. Alternatively your partner could take a less aggressive pair and you could mix and match when appropriate. Hope that helps, Dave

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