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DMM Apex

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The DMM Apex is an aggressively curved modern ice tool designed for mixed climbing and hard icefalls.

Versatile and comfortable across a wide variety of terrain, the DMM Apex might look aggressive but the shaft curve has been precisely designed to give clearance and stability on steep ground while remaining effective when plunging, daggering and moving on easier angled snow slopes. With a lightweight aluminium shaft, the Apex ice axe is fully T rated and the double riveted head and handle construction allows the axe to fully handle the burly nature of winter climbing. The hot forged handle also strikes a balance between performance and versatility whilst the upper and lower hand rests allow hand matching, crucial to the Apex’s performance on steeper ground.


  • Dual hand-rests for leash-less climbing: Dual hand-rests allow techniques such as matching, maximising the performance of these tools when leash-less climbing on steep terrain.
  • Removable pick weights allow customisable balance: Picks feature removable weights that adjust the balance of the swing. Adding weights helps the pick cleanly strike hard ice, while removing them reduces weight for mixed climbing and dry tooling.
  • High clearance shaft maximises performance on steep terrain: The curved shaft of the axe creates clearance for reaching over bulges on ice and rock, allowing you to climb on steep ground more easily. It also reduces the angle of the handle when the axe is hooked on a feature, making climbing on steep terrain less tiring and more secure.
  • Full strength clip in point allows use of axe as an anchor: The clip in points on the base of the axe handle allow the axe to be used as an anchor. Inboard eyelets can be threaded with cord for attaching Freedom Leashes.
  • Supplied with Grippy Grip Tape for extra handle grip and insulation: Grip Tape lets you insulates the axe shaft, protecting you from hot aches and allowing more of the axe to be used as a hold.
  • Shaft and picks T rated for durability: DMM axes are T rated, making them tough enough for modern mixed climbing techniques.
  • Picks laser cut from steel for strength, and CNC'd for high performance in frozen turf and ice: Steel picks are strong and highly durable. They are laser cut, and then CNC machined for high performance on ice, frozen turf and rock.
  • Available with Mountain Adze for greater versatility on traditional terrain: The Switch and Apex are available with a full size adze for easier ice clearing and ledge chopping in mountainous terrain.
  • Interchangeable picks for improved performance on either ice or mixed terrain: The Switch and Apex are available with picks that maximise either. Performance on either ice or mixed terrain. The ice pick has a pronounced taper to its point, for efficient penetration of thick ice and reduced dinner plating. The Mixed Pick has a less tapered profile to increase hooking stability and the durability of the point when torqueing in cracks.
  • Spike gives security on low angled snow slopes: The spike allows the axe to bite into ice and break through snow, giving you greater stability when walking and plunging.


  • Adze Weight: 673g
  • Hammer Weight: 658g
  • Length: 50cm
  • Supplied with a reel of DMM Grip Tape

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