Shovels and picks are tools that can be of great use for a variety of situations. Many backpacking expeditions and camping trips may require the use of an effective shovel. Digging holes and hollowing out spaces for things such as waste management, water redirection, shelter building and fire making are all important survival tasks. In cold weather conditions, an ice pick may be needed just for transportation purposes alone. Mountaineers will likely require the need for a rock pick to maneuver through rough terrain and remove obstacles. Excavate resources underground when needed or burrow caches for secrecy and protection in bug out scenarios.
Snow shovels are often overlooked tools of survival. They can greatly enhance the ease of building a viable snow shelter. Don't underestimate the effectiveness of plastic entrenching tools as well, hard ABS material can still provide strength and durability while providing an ergonomic design.
A pickaxe can not only be a useful all-purpose tool, but also a serious weapon in self defense scenarios. Originally used by miners and railroaders, a pickax provides a means of embedding and rocking materials when needed to relocate or remove obstructions.