It’s seductive, manly, and primal—and really damn hard. After a few whiskeys, our writer tries to master the art in Jackson Hole with the guys at New West KnifeWorks.
Most ice axes are made from metal—and for good reason. But last month, the geniuses at Furnace Industries launched their new wooden tool that’s as strong as it is pretty. While you may be tempted to just hang it over the fireplace, please don’t.
The real fun starts once you get off the grid
A work of art produced by a 300-year-old Swedish company
Pulaski: A wildland-firefighting tool that combines an ax and an adze and is used to clear brush and small trees.
A beautiful tool that's actually useful
You don’t have to be a timber-hardened lumberjack to appreciate the satisfying heft of a well-balanced ax.
Patagonia's Jenna Johnson is on a mission to get women into high-tech gear that can take on real adventures.
Lighten up your kit for faster ascents.
Outside reviews the best gear in the 2012 Winter Buyer's Guide, including the Cassin X-All -Mountain ice ax