This extremely functional and fully featured shovel just got a little bit cooler. Ortovox included the pocket spike, a forged ice pick that attaches to the handle of the shovel, providing security on unexpected steep slopes. The shaft spike replaces the shovel blade, creating a tool that offers reassurance on the final steep pitch of your next tour. Though the pocket spike is not a substitute for your ice axe, the tool can compliment your glacier travel safety kit by offering easy to carry protection in exposed areas. Aside from its pocket spike capabilities, the Ortovox PRO Alu III Shovel has a hoe function, as well as a flexible and comfortable grip. For a super versatile shovel from a widely respected brand, check out the Ortovox PRO Alu III Shovel + Pocket Spike.