In my relatively short time as a part of this community, I have seen a number of posts and pictures where someone has an axe mounted next to their shovel or hi-lift. To be honest - what for?
I have spent plenty of time in the woods using a chainsaw, bow saw, hatchet, folding saw, or a splitting maul - but never once found myself thinking, "wow, an axe would be really handy". Sure, an axe has it's place - but I just don't think it's a necessary part of the overlander's toolkit. A bowsaw is smaller, lighter, and (I think) more practical when it comes to overland travel. Maybe it's just me, but it seems to be more for the "expedition bling" factor than anything else...
Seriously, what is everyone using there axe for? I carry a bowsaw for clearing trail obstructions and the occasional instance where I might need to collect some wood for a fire. I don't really see why an axe would be a better choice when you factor in the size, weight, and mounting complexity. Maybe you guys are having lumberjack competitions around camp each night??
Am I wrong? Someone enlighten me.