The Petzl Quark is a climber's best friend when it comes to ice climbing or technical mountaineering. Weighing only 460g (without accessories), the Petzl Quark is super light weight, making it a great option for snowy colouirs, and it's curved shaft allows for great performance on steeper slopes. The handle is ergonomically designed to ensure good grip with your gloves, and the lower end of the shaft is able to efficiently wade through thick snow. The ice pick is interchangeable, and tapered for deep and secure penetration of the snow and ice, as well as shaped to hook securely on rock as well as ice. A super versatile, lightweight gem of an alpine tool.
Petzl Quark Key Features
Structure is entirely modular for adapting the ice axe to the activity and context:
- equipped with the MARTEAU, the TRIGREST hand rest and the GRIPREST, the QUARK is a versatile tool adapted to technical mountaineering and ice climbing (an adze may also be added, if necessary)
- equipped with MASSELOTTES pick weights (optional), and without the MARTEAU, the QUARK has an exceptional swing adapted to the coldest ice. It is ideal for ice climbing.
- without any accessories, the QUARK weighs only 460 g, making it an ultra-high performance ice axe for snow couloirs, for example
Interchangeable ICE pick is tapered at the tip (3 mm) for easy penetration, even in cold ice. Its shape allows stable hooking on both ice and rock.
Ergonomic over-molded handle provides a good grip, even for small hands, and insulation from the cold. The lower part of the shaft penetrates snow perfectly when the ice axe is used in piolet-canne (without the GRIPREST).
Carabiner hole under the GRIPREST
The TRIGREST hand rest braces the hand and the index finger (easily adjustable without tools). The upper part, equipped with the grip, allows the user to comfortably switch hands. The lower trigger is used to brace the index finger to improve the stability of the ice axe and increase striking precision. It also serves as the locking lever of the TRIGREST.