I used the Venom tool for my Baffin Island BASE jumping expedition.
Our trip required us to make alpine climbing/hiking approaches to get access to some massive cliffs so we could jump from them.
Because we would be parachuting, we needed gear we could jump down with us.
The Venom tool was very lightweight, the straight shaft was perfect for plunging into the snow to "self-belay" and the pick was easily removable so that I could slide the tool down my gaiter to jump.
Crampons stayed on my feet, venom tool inside my gaiter alongside my leg, pick in the pocket, parachute on my back- ready to jump!
I will be recommending this tool for members of my 2009 expedition.