Axe, Ice

A ice axe with a metal head and base with a hard wood shaft. The head of the axe has a rounded, flat section, with a sharp pointed edge on the other side. The shaft is made of hickory and is scratched and marked, with white flecks throughout its surface. The end of the handle has a metal tip with a small rounded point. There are 31 notches in the handle which represent the number of times the ice axe was taken to the summit of Mt Taranaki.
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Alex Logan Mace, known as Snow, was the manager of the Stratford Mountain House along with his wife Lorna. They managed the iconic property between 1959 and 1983. Snow hired out equipment such as this axe for his guests who wished to give climbing to the summit of Mount Taranaki a go. Snow kept track of the success of his guests - along the handle of the axe are 31 notches cut into the wood, marking trips the axe went on which successfully reached the summit of the mounga.
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