photo courtesy of Ueli Steck collection
I'm like a freakin Raven aka .Corvus...shiny metal things get my attention and I then want :)
"stories tell of the Raven stealing and releasing the sun"
Look here @ 1:40: "Special productions such as his ultra light aluminium ice-axe "
A new Scarpa cold weather double boot for Steck as well.
But there is an even lighter weight fruit boot version of the dbl as well....look closely in the video between :45 and :55
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Put a Nomic/Quark head and shaft bend with a "spike off a Aztarex shaft, then bolt on the Quark/Ergo's 2nd grip piece. Wrap it in some tape. Presto! "Super nice" it is. Nice alpine tool for technical ground. No reason not to bring it to market if there was enough demand. Certainly a B rated shaft isn't the reason Petzl has not produced that version commercially.
I suspect Steck's "super nice" prototype eventually became the new Quark....
Petzl Quark w/o pick weights and with an adze and second grip installed
The most often ice tool Steck has been seen using recently
Current Nomic with pick weights in place