The Petzel Summit is an ice axe that is designed for classic mountaineering, but can be used for so much more. For us, it’s a great ice axe for ski mountaineering whether you are heading into Tuckerman’s Ravine or going over to Europe to test your ski and climbing limits. It offers just the right balance between lightweight, performance and price. It offers great anchoring performance due to its head spike and can be used equally as well for climbing on both steep and technical ice as it is for self-arresting in times of need. This is one tool that should you should never be without when going into highly consequential terrain whether you are on foot or on skis. For all kinds of mountaineering applications, the Petzel Summit should always be on your pack or in your hand for having the highest level of safety and confidence you need in big mountain terrain.