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North Wall Hammer

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Forged a North Wall Hammer yesterday. Took 5 hours, including carving the handle. The steel is from a hydraulic rod.

A north wall hammer is used for climbing ice. It does not have the adze of a normal ice axe, but rather has a hammer head for setting pitons.

I'll be using it this weekend on Mt. Whitney.






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I'm pretty happy with the strength. If anything, I'm more worried about the handle breaking, rather than pulling out.

The tool will never really see full body weight. Mostly the point of it is for setting and removing pitons. It may be used as a climbing aid, but will always be a secondary tool.

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