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Mountain climbing pick, becomes hoe, root puller and planting stick.  RSS feed

 
Dale Hodgins
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This mountain climbing pick is of exceptional quality. I haven't used this one yet, but I had one before, that I foolishly destroyed, when I tried to use it to pull up oak flooring. It worked for a couple of days.

When used properly, a tool like this could last a lifetime. The little hoe end, is perfect when a small area of soil needs to be rooted up. Very strong for its size and a perfect fit for the hands. I like to use it when I'm kneeling for when I'm on a slope and working on the portion uphill from me.

The pointy end makes a great planting stick. The tool is a good weight for this.

The part I like best is the hook with the teeth on it. I used my old one to drag through the soil, whenever I removed a small tree and wanted to get out lots of roots. It digs deeply, and the jagged teeth prevent little roots from slipping past the end. I'm not strong enough to break this thing.

This one is made in Austria. They make good stuff. I paid $10 for it. That's about $7.50 American. Mountain climbers spare no expense in getting very high quality, lightweight gear. Once they are obsolete, they often land on the used market.

Some people use small ice axes meant to be used with one hand. I imagine that they would be similarly useful.

I won't try to pull flooring with this one. I will use it in soil and I expect it to be quite useful during certain stages of bark stripping.

Have any of you tried a similar tool? Can you think of any other uses for it?
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I just realized that the availability of these things might be very regional. People climb mountains in British Columbia. In Florida, maybe not so much.
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