Discussion in 'Places & Planning' started by Whiteburn, Feb 10, 2019.

  1. Whiteburn

    Whiteburn Thru Hiker

    Has anyone got any recent experience of carrying an ice axe inside there luggage on the Eurostar?
    It would seem that they prohibit this BUT this seems at variance to BMC advice & the experience of a number of travellers; maybe its a recent change.
    I've emailed Eurostar to try and get their take.
  2. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    Looks like they class them as dangerous sports equipment on their website
  3. Whiteburn

    Whiteburn Thru Hiker

    Yup....along with javelins & cross bows :(
  4. FOX160

    FOX160 Thru Hiker

    Can you not notifie the company and present them to the guard before you board the train?
  5. Whiteburn

    Whiteburn Thru Hiker

    The advice on the website is that prohibited items can go as the equivalent of 'checked in" luggage.....£30 each way.....probably cheaper to buy one in Paris & throw it away on return.
  6. tom

    tom Thru Hiker

    The ice axe murderer cometh.... :banghead:

    Or mail poste restante. But a Petzl Glacier Literide is reasonably light and only £50
  7. Arne L.

    Arne L. Section Hiker

    I never had issues on the TGV but when I mailed Eurostar last year they said it wasn’t allowed. Technically, it's not allowed on the TGV as well but they don't check your luggage as far as I know.

    When I mailed back that it was for my own safety they never got back to me.

    I took the TGV as it was a reasonable alternative for my destination but I'd probably mail one to my destination if I took the Eurostar.
  8. Whiteburn

    Whiteburn Thru Hiker

    Have travelled on the trains around France (& Metro across Paris) with an axe strapped to the outside of the pack & no-one has ever pulled me up, seems to me like Eurostar paranoia.
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  9. Clare

    Clare Thru Hiker

    Given that France is in a state of civil unrest I would not feel too sanguine that I could carry an ice axe around without attracting the attention of the gendarmes or MP.

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