New ice climbing tools

The line of Petzl Charlet QUARK and NOMIC ice axes has a new look and has been expanded with the addition of the ERGO, an exclusive model designed specially for high-performance dry tooling and ice climbing.

François DamilanoThis new line has a modular design that allows the user to set-up his ice axe according to his needs or to the specific demands of the trip. For example, for a snow couloir, the GRIPREST and the TRIGREST hand rest can be removed from the QUARK to decrease its weight; for a mixed couloir, the NOMIC can be equipped with a hammer in order to place pitons.

Because of the versatility of this new approach, the most demanding user may now create a personal combination for his ice axes, from the most complete to the lightest, for the most extreme activities.
With the adjustable GRIPREST and TRIGREST handrests, NOMIC, QUARK and ERGO ice axes adapt perfectly to the terrain and to the build of each climber.






-VIDEO - Introducing the new line of Petzl Charlet ice tools

This 10-minute video introduces the new line of ice tools: the NOMIC, QUARK and ERGO.
Our international ice climbing crew (Ueli Steck, François Damilano, Tom Adams, Etienne Grillot and others) headed out in the cold (and sometimes in the heat) to help you figure out which tool is right for you.

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-The new ice tools in detail


A combination of ice axe features for technical mountaineering and for ice climbing, the new QUARK is more versatile.
It has an entirely modular structure, adaptable to the type of activity. It has reduced weight and an optimal swing. From couloirs to extreme gullies and icefalls,
the QUARK allows you to push the limits.
ADZE and HAMMER versions available.
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Designed for ice climbing and dry tooling, the new NOMIC's ergonomic handle and adjustable GRIPREST guarantee superior comfort. The lower part of the GRIPREST is equipped with a toothed blade to ensure the bite required for hard snow. The modular head allows a hammer to be added when placing pitons.
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The ERGO is a high-end dry tooling and ice climbing axe. Its serious curves speak to its serious ambitions. This ice axe is extremely efficient, whether on overhanging rock or on a crystal ice stalactite.
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-New and improved features

-Modular head

The modular design allows each ice axe to be adapted to the type of activity or terrain:
- with the pick weights: the balance of the ice axe during the strike is improved for specific placements in hard ice
- without the pick weights: the ice axe is much lighter
- with the hammer or the adze: the ice axe allows the user to plant pitons or to clean the ice
All combinations are possible with the interchangeable ICE or DRY picks.



-The QUARK's modular handle

The TRIGREST (on the upper part) offers multiple combinations to improve grip when holding the axe or switching hands. Tool-free position adjustment using the trigger.





The GRIPREST (on the lower part) is a hand rest for leashless climbing. Once in position, it does not obstruct the carabiner hole of the ice axe. It may be removed to enhance plunging the shaft into snow when the ice axe is used in piolet-canne technique.




The GRIPREST hand rest on the NOMIC and ERGO has a blade that is toothed on the lower side to improve hold during piolet-canne usage, for example when topping out of a climb or moving over snow passages.
The handle of the new NOMIC ice axe and its GRIPREST have been considerably modified for larger hands and for improved stability. The GRIPREST position adjusts to S, M and L.


-The ERGO shaft

The strong curvature of the ERGO shaft provides substantial clearance under the head, and also creates an angle for the handle that favors power and comfort when the climber is suspended for extended periods.




-The full line of Petzl Charlet ice axes and tools


For more information about Petzl Charlet ice axes and tools, click on the following links :

- ice climbing tools,
- technical mountaineering ice axes,
- classic mountaineering ice axes,
- glacier travel ice axes,
- accessories and leashes.










Tom Adams, whoever he is, got his facts wrong....Simond Scud (not Ergo) revolutionized the ice/mixed game in 2000, being the first leashless tool commercially available.

Re incorrect

Thank you for your comment, Valentin.

You are correct in the fact that the Simond Scud was the first tool commercially available. The two tools were launched within a few of months of each other and Petzl, along with Simond, revolutionized the world of ice and mixed climbing with the introductions of these leashless tools.

Both tools were developed due to the needs of top athletes in the competitive world of competition ice climbing, who helped both companies develop this new style of leashless ice climbing tool.



Will you be selling the (New Griprest) as an add on for someone that has purchased older models of Nomics?


Unfortunately, the new GRIPREST can not be mounted on the old NOMIC ice axe.
However, if you replace the blade, you can add a hammer on your old NOMIC.
Thanks for your interest.

Unscrewing the screws on the Modular Head of Quark

Hi, I just got the new quark and when I try to unscrew the screws to take the hammer off, the screw is so tight that I can't loosen it. Wonder if the screws are threaded in the conventional right-handed way? Or it's left-handed threaded? Thanks


Hello Bang,

Yes the screws are threaded in the conventional way, to loosen the screw you can add a tube on your wrench to have better leverage, once you have taken off the hammer tighten the screw reasonably.


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