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CAMP Corsa Ice Axes

CAMP Corsa Ice Axes

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Lame that MD cancelled my order. Boo!
Bummed that I signed up for this drop and then massdrop cancelled my order due to the vendor short shipping. What a waste of time
I also owned this ax until it was lost by a family member on Mt. Adams last year. The previous reviews are spot on. For what it is, this is a fantastic ax. For what it isn't, it is a terrible ax. I am buying another to replace the one that was lost.

This ax is designed for backpacking/hiking where weight is critical and an ax might be used for relatively short periods of time to cross snowfields and to provide just-in-case security. For that purpose, this ax absolutely excels. It is so light that there is little excuse not to bring it, so I find myself throwing it onto my pack when I wouldn't with heavier axes. It has provided that extra bit of security multiple times when I *could have* made it without one, but I was sure glad to have the peace of mind because a fall could have been catastrophic.

As has been stated before, if you are climbing steep boilerplate or chopping steps, this is an absolutely terrible choice. There is no weight in the swing, the pick doesn't bite like a steel ax, glissading can get sketchy if you aren't paying attention, the shaft fills with snow in the lowest length, the Corsa is also slippery because the texture is smooth, etc...
Very happy with my red corsa axe. Going hiking or skiing and you think or know you miiight need an axe? Fast and light up a steep but technically easy snow slope? Then this is a really nice axe.

It's a niche, specialist axe, and the best one at that (or at least the lightest usable one), not a general use hardworking ice axe.

If you get the point with this axe and think you need it, it's great. If you're looking for a general mountaineering axe I would get something else (and perhaps this one too!).

I happily pair this one with my Grivel Air Tech evo, they're opposite ends of this spectrum.
What length would anyone recommend for a 5'8" fella like myself? I figured the shortest for the lightest but am unfamiliar with them.
Depends on use but I always recommend to go with the longest so that it can be used as a walking stick wile on a glacier. Not many people do this now a days, but thats how they were used traditionally and its really helpful. You'll get jealous looks from people hoofing it with their ice axe thats just a little too short. I own the green one from this drop, its super light even in the long configuration, it has saved me from a slide once, and helped me save rope buddies from a few tumbles.
I'd agree - the longer the better for this type of ax. The steeper it gets, the shorter the ax you need, all else being equal. I'm 6'0" and use a 65cm ax, but thats for mountaineering with crampons. For hiking emergency use, I would get a 70cm.
I have used this on Mount Whitney's Mountaineer's Route last March and almost exclusively for my late/early season hiking on the SoCal peaks ( San Gabriel, San Bernardino, San Jacinto ranges).

I am 6'1" and got its largest size (70cm) to be that third point of contact (self belay).

The pick is sharp, but relatively poor at self arrest. I was glissading down the top of Cucamonga Peak a couple of weeks ago and there were a couple of times that it failed to arrest in the melting ice and snow where my Petzel Summit and Black Diamon Raven would have.

The spike works, abeit not as sharp, and relatively fragile. Keep in mind that the construction is entirely aluminum, and durability is sacrificed for weight.

The adze is, well it's there, and mostly useless. Chopping steps and making a platform to sit on a slope is much more time consuming. I really miss weight and width of the adze on my Raven, but that isn't what the Corsa is for.

This review sounds much more critical than I was expecting. I love this ice ax; it has literally saved me more than once. It does have limitations, but it is still CEN-B rated. It is reserved for when the risks of a fall are unlikely, but present and un-ignorable. A hiker's ice ax, not a mountaineers.
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I also think your review is spot-on, though your last paragraph should really be the first to help explain why this is a good ax, then explain the limitations.
That's how'd I'd do it I was selling ice axes!
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