Original Vintage Stubai Aschenbrenner Ice Axe
Peter Aschenbrenner was an Austrian Mountain Guide (1902-1998) who was somewhat controversially involved in early expeditions to climb Nanga Parbat in the Himalaya. The German led - and Hitler backed - expedition of 1934 ended in disaster when several Sherpas perished, the result being that Aschenbrenner and fellow expedition member Schneider were hauled before a 'court of honour' for 'abandonment' of Sherpas and were excluded from further expeditions to Nanga Parbat. This was later rescinded and he was back in 1953 taking over the role of expedition leader from Karl Harrligkoffer. On this occasion, Herman Buhl made the summit alone, to claim the first ascent and though the expedition had technically been a success there was much acrimony.
Aschenbrenner left behind a much less controversial legacy in the form of an ice axe which he developed in the early 1930's and got the Stubai company to manufacture for him. These axes became almost universal in the mountains from the mid 1930's right up to the 1960's when metal and alloy shafted tools began to take over. There were many variations and it seems that some were custom made. Batches were made for German mountain troops during WWII and thousands were exported to the UK, mostly just after WWII, many of which have found their way into our collection
The words "Stubai Aschenbrenner fuhrerpickel ges. gesch Made in Austria'' are staped on the shell surface.
Stubai Aschenbrenner ice axe. Wooden shaft. Adze, serrated pick. Pointed spike on ferrule with four flat sides. Metal ring with canvas leash which slides up and down shaft.
This Ice axe is in great condition!
Materials: wood, metal, canvas
Ice axe length: 85 cm
Full head length: 26 cm
Made in Austria