...A tool that's compact enough to carry just about anywhere a rock hound might go; is made of hardened steel; can be used as a rock pick, a pick axe, a cool-rock-way-out-in-the-water extractor, and can be used to save your life if attacked by a cougar. There is only one implement that can do all that, the Geo Paleo Pick from Estwing. I rarely go into the wilderness without it; more useful than a rock hammer, I've used mine to open jasper seams, pull agates from icy waters of the Skykomish river, and chop through loose basalt searching for petrified wood. It's solid enough to use in place of an ice axe to climb through steep forest or snow covered chutes. At about $70, it's not an inexpensive addition to your rock hound's tool chest, but I guarantee you'll rarely go out into the rocky wild without it. The Geo Paleo Pick is available from Home Depot, Amazon and Kingsley North.
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