GHOST / GHOST HAMMER
Published on 12/05/2020
DENIS TRENTO (Italy)
I use it mainly in ski mountaineering, but also in classic mountain guide work and in approaching on a glacier.
I really appreciate its lightness and essentiality.
I have used it for many routes, but perhaps where, after carrying it for many hours in my backpack during over 2000m of approach, the Ghost proved to be an excellent mixte tool was during the attempt to descend from the west of the Petites Jorasses. The attempt to ski a very steep canal crossed by a stretch of difficult mixte 30 meters high in its upper part remained an attempt just because of the dry conditions, but I discovered it only once I crossed this difficult stretch, which I then had to downclimb in descent. Fortunately, in those delicate situations, I was also able to count on the Condor pole (LINK) to give me a worthy support.
EMRIK FAVRE (Italy)
I use it in all the mountains where you need a classic ice axe, from the Alps to the Himalayas, to do classic mountaineering, steep skiing and ski touring.
My favourite features are lightness, resilience and the fact that being short and compact and very easy to handle on all terrains.
The best climb with her I did this year on the attempt to Pangboche, a 6000 in Nepal where the terrain was technical but being so loaded with the other gear I needed lightness. It did not disappoint me!
JASON DORAIS (USA)
I use is anytime weight is a priority! Typically, this would be a longer day or a day where I'm trying to move quickly. For me, that usually involves ski mountaineering.
I like its great technical ability packed in such a light weight tool! 269 grams has never been so versatile!
I've used the Ghost on many of my favourite climbs and ski missions. The one that stands out right now is a speed ascent of Mt. Rainier.
SILVIA LOREGGIAN (Italy)
I use the Ghost mainly for ski mountaineering, but I often also use it on more vertical terrain, mainly rocky.
The best feature of the Ghost is certainly the lightness. Secondly, the compactness: it is small enough to stay inside the backpack without having to keep exposed a dangerous object (both for any people who are close to me as regards the blade, and for me because the tip is directly in the cervical in case of fall on skis I do not recommend it to anyone!). Finally, I very much appreciate that there is a relatively aggressive blade on a tool that cannot be considered technical overall. This feature allows a truly wider use.
I used it for example on Aguja de l'S, Patagonia. It was certainly not the best climb, but it was the one in which the Ghost gave its best. I was up at Laguna Sucia camp with another target, but as often happens in Patagonia, the bad weather of the day before lasted all night and the following day it was impossible to climb what I had set myself, for which the Ghost would be served only for the approach on glacier. We saved the day on a snow-covered rock climb on the Aguja de l'S and I must say that I climbed dry very well thanks to the aggressiveness of the beak and its overall lightness. The only change: I covered the ice ax with a self-vulcanizing plumber's tape because otherwise it slips from the hand with gloves.
NATALIE AFONINA (USA)
I use it on 1-3 day mountaineering and less technical alpine climbing trips. It’s my go-to for all the volcanoes in the Pacific NW of the United States.
Its best features are the super lightweight for climbs when every ounce counts. It also comes in the 45 and 50cm lengths which are the perfect lengths for shorter climbers like myself.
My best day with it was ski mountaineering Mt. Shasta via Casaval Ridge. Perfect weight and the pink color stood out from the crowd!
RICCARDO OLLIVERI (Italy)
It is a tool to which I am very fond of, I use it when I go for steep skiing or raid ski tours of several days or even some grand course where I know I encounter hard snow rather than ice.
Lightness wins over everything but its performance in relation to its weight is excellent. For this reason, I would call it a multipurpose tool, it often accompanies me in activities thanks to a very appreciable versatility of use.
Mezzalama 2019 and Chamonix / Zermatt were two important experiences of the past year that I shared with Ghost.
PABLO CRIADO (Spain)
I use it for my training doing mountaineering ski routes, and when at the end of the season I go up from the valley to the mountains running and in the upper part there is snow, and I want to go light.
It is light and at the same time safe, very comfortable and balanced
My best climb with him was the Peña Vieja in Picos de Europa, from the valley and using it to pass the couloir.
STEVE HOUSE (USA)
I put it in my pack for spring ski mountaineering and classic summer mountaineering. I often find myself reaching for this tool in moments where I otherwise, such as a hike or climb that involves a short section of snow, where would not bring an ice axe at all, but at 269 grams, why not?
Its best features are the light weight, and the classic piolet design that has unlimited uses.
I used it to take my brother-in-law on the Grossglockner. I also carried it up the classic Hornli Ridge on the Matterhorn and was very happy to have this going up and down the summit icefield.
SILVESTRO FRANCHINI (Italy)
I use it mainly for ski touring and in every situation where every gram counts.
I especially appreciate its lightness.
I used the Ghost to chain 22 4000m peaks in 3 days in the Mont Blanc massif through the Brouillard ridge, the Aiguille du Diable, Rochefort and the Grandes Jorasses.
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