Instructional pictures for Petzl Ergo ice tool.
High-end dry tooling and ice climbing axe.
The ERGO is the ultimate tool for the most difficult dry tooling pitches and the most unlikely ice columns. The ultra-curved shaft offers exceptional clearance under the head and allows a wider repertoire of movement. The adjustable ergonomic handle allows multiple grip positions and limits the risk of pick shift when switching hands. The strong curve of the handle creates an ideal angle for prolonged hanging and significantly increases power when pulling.
Ergonomic molded handle offers multiple grip options. Handle length is adjustable to fit different hand and glove sizes.
Specific shaft and handle geometry limits the risk of pick shift when switching hands between upper and lower handles.
Fully modular head for adapting the ice axe to the activity and context:
- equipped with MASSELOTTES pick weights, the ERGO ensures precise, effective purchase in the ice
- without the MASSELOTTES pick weights, the ERGO becomes considerably lighter for dry tooling
- equipped with a MARTEAU (optional), the ERGO can be used to place pitons
Interchangeable DRY pick is tapered at the tip (3 mm) for easy penetration, even in cold ice. The thickness of the pick (4 mm) makes it stronger when slotted and torqued. The hooking teeth, located on the bottom and top (for inverted positions) stabilize the ice axe.
GRIPTAPE on the upper handle provides better grip and thermal insulation.
Serrated blade under the GRIPREST for better hold coming out of steep sections in hard snow or ice.
Third adjustable handle with TRIGREST hand rest for climbing even higher, when hooking makes it possible, or for switching hands more easily.
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|Weight (g / oz)|
Weight (g / oz)
In grams and ounces, the weight, as stated by the manufacturer/brand.
The weight is the packaged weight. If there are differences in weight (due to optional accessories) we'll note them here.
|645 g / 22.75 oz|
|Length (cm)||50 cm|
|Head Details|| No adze or hammer|
2 Screw adjustment
|Ice Rating|| Pick: T / Type 2|
Shaft: T / Type 2
|Picks|| Included with the tool: |
Other Picks Available:
|Pommel & Grip|
Pommel & Grip
Fixed: An upper pommel that is fixed in place (it cannot move up/down the shaft nor can it be taken off).
Adjustable: An upper pommel that can move up and down the shaft.
Removable & Adjustable: An upper pommel that is completely removable and also adjustable.
Removeable: An upper pommel that is either on or off (it cannot move up/down the shaft).
None: If there is no upper pommel that comes standard (there may or may not be options to buy separately).
Fixed: A lower pommel that is fixed in place (the angle cannot be changed nor can it be taken off).
Adjustable: A lower pommel that can change angle or location on the tool.
Removable: When the lower pommel can be removed but not adjusted.
None: If there is no lower pommel that comes standard (there may or may not be options to buy separately).
| Upper Pommel: Removable & adjustable|
Lower Pommel: Adjustable
Grip Size: Adjustable
|Materials|| Pick: Steel|
Grip: Molded Rubber
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To sell a climbing product in Europe, the device must be CE certified. There are no official requirements to sell climbing gear in the US. The UIAA certification is a voluntary process.
Long but informative video, shows all the features of Quark, Nomic and Ergo ice tools.
It is indeed perfect for dry tooling, but I’ve found it works fantastic for steep ice as well. The cure allows me to keep my fingers from getting bashed on bulges of ice and makes hooking much easier. The best thing about it is the comfortable angle in which your hand is placed. It is so much easier to maintain a relaxed grip on your ice tools with the grip much more near a horizontal angle. To put it in terms of rock climbing, it’s like every hold is a big jug, versus, most other ice tools that put your hand in a much more vertical plane which is much more difficult to keep arm pump at bay.
I gave the Ergo five stars, the highest possible, because this is the best technical tool I have used, and I've used every one that is available in the U.S. After several years of use with this tool, I still haven't found anything wrong with it. I still wish the picks were less expensive; I go through several sets a season.
Describes with words and helpful photos, how to protect your ice tool and ice axe.
A checklist helping you monitor your ice tool and ice axe health, helping to know when to retire your ice tool and ice axe.
Helpful instruction for inspecting Petzl ice tool and ice axe.
Field of application, inspection and additional information with instructional pictures.