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Versatile ice axe for technical mountaineering and ice climbing

QUARK is a versatile ice axe designed for technical mountaineering and ice climbing. Its balance and ICE pick allow solid placements on a variety of types of ice. The TRIGREST and GRIPREST handrests make it easy to handle and comfortable in many different situations. They provide a more effective handle grip for difficult sections. Entirely modular, the QUARK ice axe adapts easily to technical, varied terrain, such as snow couloirs, gullies, north faces, and ice routes.

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  • Versatile ice axe:
    – Shaft curved below the head and GRIPREST QUARK handrest at the bottom of the shaft to protect the hands on ice climbs
    – Shaft has a steel spike and is straight enough for use in piolet-canne mode
    – Shaft is hydroformed for optimal grip in the middle of the shaft, for snow couloirs
    – Overmolded bi-material handle provides good grip while insulating from the cold
    – TRIGREST QUARK and GRIPREST QUARK handrests strengthen the grip on difficult sections
    – 550 g with PANNE or MARTEAU
  • Efficient placement on a variety of types of ice:
    – ICE pick is tapered at the tip (3.3 mm) and versatile across different types of terrain: snow, ice, and mixed
    – Compatible with MASSELOTTES weights to modify the balance and improve the inertia of the ice axe
  • The ALPEN ADAPT system makes it completely modular:
    – Entirely modular head allows the technical aspects of the ice axe to be adjusted
    – Interchangeable with ICE, PUR’ICE, DRY, and PUR’DRY picks to adapt to different terrain objectives (snow, ice, or mixed)
    – Adze and hammer are interchangeable
    – TRIGREST QUARK handrest is height adjustable without tools
    – GRIPREST QUARK handrest folds in easily for planting the ice axe in snow
    – Connection hole is compatible with V-LINK elasticated loss-prevention webbing
    – Only 465 g, not including accessories


  • Pick type: 2
  • Shaft type: 2
  • Material(s): Aluminum, steel, glass fiber reinforced plastic
  • Certification(s): CE, UKCA, UIAA
  • Sold with ICE pick, MARTEAU, or PANNE, TRIGREST QUARK and GRIPREST QUARK handrests


Length of shaft50 cm50 cm
Weight550 g550 g
Guarantee3 years3 years
Inner Pack Count11

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