- a light axe used by mountaineers for cutting footholds in snow or ice, to provide an anchor point, or to control a slide on snow; it has a spiked tip and a head consisting of a pick and an adze
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And now he found that he still held the ice-axe that had been his companion all day.
I am lying down, and holding on with one hand and my ice-axe.
The hole made by the ice-axe had been sufficient to save their lives.The Home of the Blizzard
Sometimes one may be found into which a man armed with an ice-axe may effect a descent.Switzerland
Then we pierced a petrol-tin in half a dozen places with an ice-axe and set fire to it.South!
Sir Ernest Shackleton