Funny thing Ron, your comment came along just as I was reading this article. You Are Not Your Job. Click here to read it, It's a good one, from Black Diamond. Oh and they make good ice climbing tools too.
Ok Picture this.... 10 year old girl, holding a hammer with 2 hands, choaked way up on it, one eye closed. She misses the nail head just to the right of it, then to the left, crap! this is hard.... Flash forward.... Same gal, pushing 50 (pushing it hard) ice tool in hand. She eyes a lovely divot in the ice, extends her arm, and THUNK. Solid. Moves up on it. WOW. I am so satified. I can't even tell you how good that felt.