CAMP Neve 2009

The CAMP Neve is a simple, stripped-down walking ice axe. The functional adze and pick are well-shaped for chopping steps, daggering and even a bit of front pointing. The pick has a particularly fine profile with a good selection of teeth that will penetrate snow and ice well. The shaft, although lacking a rubber grip, does have a roughened surface and a workable slider leash. For such a light axe the balance – while not as good as some of the others – does make swinging it easy. The ferrule is sandwiched by a plastic insert which aids plunging into snow. But the CAMP Neve lacks some of the oomph found on other axes, and it would benefit from a
rubber grip.

Classification basic
Materials NiCrMo steel (head), 6082 aluminium (shaft)
Sizes 50, 57, 65, 73 and 80cm
Weight 450g (size 50cm with slider leash)
Made in Italy
Stores in the UK 32
Stockist details tel. (0191) 284 8444;
The CAMP Neve is ideal if you need a lightweight basic axe for walking and only occasionally venture on to the steeper stuff.

Review by Jeremy Ashcroft
First published in Trail magazine January 2009