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A firm hold:

The museum displays a selection of objects from the Scottish Mountain Heritage Collection, including wooden and metal ice axes. The first all metal ice axe was made by Hamish MacInnes in the late 1940s. It was known as ‘The Message’.

“The decision to put metal designs into commercial production was taken in the early 1960s after Hamish MacInnes found two broken wooden axes on Ben Nevis, where a party of two mountaineers were killed in a fall.”

All metal ice axes are now used throughout the world.  They revolutionised ice climbing tools and techniques. The axe pictured is an example of The MacInnes Massey, one of the first metal-shafted ice axes manufactured in Britain.