Petzl Charlet Summit 2011

New last year, the Petzl Charlet Summit is rapidly becoming a classic. It builds on the tradition well-established with the Charlet Goulet ice axe so favoured by guides. The curve of the shaft, its weight balance and its full rubber grip make it a delight to swing, and the well-engineered pick and adze ensure all the energy you put in is used efficiently. A solid general mountaineering axe, it will appeal to those who like tackling steep stuff but also need a walking axe. But amazingly for such a good mountaineering axe, it is only rated as a ‘B’ (basic), which means it should not be used for axe belays.

Classification basic
Materials hot forged chromoly steel head and ultra-light aluminium shaft with textured rubber coating
Sizes 52, 59, 66cm
Weight 506g (size 59cm without leash)
Made in France
Stores in the UK 50

The Petzl Charlet Summit is a stunning axe to use and handle with perfect balance for both walking and climbing. It won ‘Best in Test’ for mountaineering ice axes.

Review by Jeremy Ashcroft
First published in Trail magazine January 2011