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Rainier or Denali, the Raven gets you there and back.

The Black Diamond Raven Ice Axe is designed to give you the greatest comfort and ease of use possible. The ergonomic, stainless steel head has a flat top and hourglass shape at its connection to the shaft. This creates a shape that's comfortable to hang onto and allows fast transition to self-arrest. The Raven's pick shape is very secure in self-arrest, and the large adze makes the dismal job of chopping a belay ledge a little more bearable. You're going to be walking for days with your ice axe. The Raven's comfortable head will make all the difference.
  • Classic design idea for any mountaineering situation
  • Flat head makes a more comfortable hand rest

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5 5

Great Mountaineering Axe

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Black Diamond continues to deliver with a simple design that is easy to use, durable with no frills and reasonably priced. This is a great axe for general mountaineering that isn't too vertical and will take a beating.

4 5

Great axe

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This axe is simple, light, and comfortable on the hands. It is a great axe for general mountaineering and glacier travel. I chose the green color, because it is easier for me to spot after I set it down.

Being new to the Ice Axe game, how should...

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Being new to the Ice Axe game, how should I size?

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All depends on your height and intended purpose. Generally, when you hold the axe by the head, the point should be around your ankle. for myself at 6'2", I have this at 60cm. Could be longer for simple glacier travel. The steeper you're going to travel the shorter you can get. In my opinion.

Your Best Friend!

Your Best Friend!

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This is a very basic mountaineering ice axe. Anytime I get into steep or scarier terrain it lives on my pack. I could have grabbed that rock with my hand but, it was way more fun to hook it with the axe.

4 5

Essential steep snow tool

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This tool is great if you plan on spending your time ascending steep snow routes or occasionally encounter some slab ice. If I could do it again I would forgo the Raven and go straight to the Venom. Venom is much more versatile, granted more expensive. No issues after a few seasons.

5 5

It works.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Everything you need in an axe, nothing you don't. For the price, you can't really beat the Raven. But, what you lack in dollars, you pay in ounces. It's a bit heavier than some comparable axes.

Comfortable in the hand in both grips - pick forward and adze forward - and the adze is substantial enough to cut nice steps. The Raven is just about the perfect balance of price and function.

5 5

Sweet and Simple

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift, but have feedback to share

I typically use another company for my mountaineering gear needs, but I decided to step out and see if the Raven was everything I had heard it to be. Turns out it was quite a bit more. It is incredibly lightweight and there is also the Pro option if you want to reduce weight further. It has a basic design for a mountaineering tool, but simple is good, especially as I gave this to a beginner. It is also nice that Black Diamond offers very small and very large sizes as sometimes that kind be hard to find for axes. Overall the weight, design, and price are about as good as it gets for a tool like this, definitely a good option to consider.

5 5

Great Axe

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Light, strong, several lengths. I've used it for general mountaineering. Also used one to break ice off culverts looking for IEDs in Afghanistan. Doesn't weigh you down and the adze works great for chopping.

Great Axe
5 5

Very cumbersome letter opener

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Works just fine as an ice axe though.

Are these sizes the actual length from the...

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Are these sizes the actual length from the top of the head to the bottom of the spike?

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Derek,
Ice axe measurements reflect the length of the entire axe from the top of the head down to the point.

3 5

does the job

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a great all around axe for glacier and snow/ice travel. I'd go with a more specialized tool for technical ice, but that's another story.

5 5

Great Workhorse Axe

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I guide out at a volunteer organization called TEAM Ascend Trek, and we take youth groups up mountains in Colorado, mostly the Sawatch Range, but we'll go anywhere the group wants to go. We have a set of 12 of these that have been around for over 5 years of hard use, and they still perform great. They work fine as a general ice axe, but are also sturdy enough that we carry them well into the summer when the snow is mostly gone to be used as a splint or cane if one of our campers gets hurt. Couldn't ask for more.

Great Workhorse Axe
4 5

Dependable

This is a good ice axe. I went with a 70cm. Works good for general mountaineering.

5 5

Gets the job done!

Sturdy, solid axe. It will definitely hold up well and help you tackle many mountains.

4 5

Solid

Great piece, have brought this one on many ascents over the years, holds up well and is fairly lightweight. Very nice grip in cane mode. There are lighter and more technical options out there, but for an all around mountaineering axe it's hard to go wrong with this one.

4 5

I went up 5cm.

I went round and round. 60cm or 65cm? I hate it when I am right between sizes. I was getting one for Rainier, so I went towards the longer. I have to say I am glad I went for the 65cm. I could see if was climbing steeper ascents I would have gone shorter. I couldn't see spending the extra for the Raven Pro. I think the biggest reason for not getting the Pro was the polished axe head. I could see myself getting a little light headed, seeing some frost on the shiny surface and having a Dumb and Dumber moment like Harry did on the ski lift.. "Oh look.. frost.." Then having to ask for a cup of warm water from passing climbers.. No thanks.

3 5

Axe that gets it done

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

The axe is nothing special, its not super light or anything like that but it definitely works and is a perfect affordable option for mountaineering in many different situations. My next axe will probably be something like the Venom that is a little more technical and you can get a hammer on the back of it.

4 5

Great but not the best option

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a great axe. The Black Diamond ice axe head design is the best for comfortable carrying. Blows the Grivel G1 out of the water in that regard. Besides that, what more is there really to discuss? It's strong, it's sturdy, it gets the job done. Don't let anyone fool you - this is an expedition axe that you could take on K2 if you wanted.

Why four stars and not five? Because for twenty dollars more you can move from a great axe to an elite one. The Raven Pro is great in all the same ways as the Raven, but significantly lighter. Some prefer a heftier axe, but I say get used to the lighter feel and appreciate the long-term advantages of a lighter axe

You will find the Raven and Raven Pro anywhere you find mountaineers doing their thing. You can't go wrong with the Raven, but you can do better.

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