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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

Ideal weight and ergonomics

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Raven is perfect for general mountaineering. It's ideal for self belay and self arrest on moderate slopes. As far as weight goes, if you want to cut ounces, go for a jog and lose the love handles. It's not a pain to carry on a long climb. I wouldn't want it any lighter. What really sets the Raven (and the lighter Raven pro) apart from other axes? In the end, it's the comfort in your hand. It's vastly more comfortable than most Grivel or Petzl axes. It is easy to get a good grip on this thing when your life depends on it.

5 5

Pleased.

  • Gender: Female
  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

This is my first ice axe. I chose it because it's affordable and available in my size (60 cm). It sits at a comfortable height for hiking , it's super light weight and fits on my pack perfectly. The axe is agressive and the BD leash was secure. It gave me confidence and saved me a few times when my feet slipped out from under me. I'm more of a trail runner who's a little too antsy for the snow to melt than a mountaineer, quite honestly so I'm using it on soft snow wearing shorts and trail running crampons. It's not a burden to take a long since it's light and small but it sure is nice to have when things get steep and slippery!

Pleased.
5 5

Up to 14er standards

This is a solid ice axe. It is comfortable in your hands. It comes in 4 sizes so you can find the perfect size for you. It is light enough that if you think you will need it but find out there is not as much snow as you thought you won't even notice you packed it all the way up. Great buy I am very happy with it. Don't forget the covers to protect it and your gear.

4 5

classic

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

great axe for light mountaineering and ski mountaineering use. Purchased this as a back up to my old Camp USA neve axe. Awesome price point to use as back up axe or to lend out to a buddy when you get to your objective a few hundred miles from home and they realize they left their axe sitting in the kitchen.

Ice Axe Anchors

Ice Axe Anchors

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Even if not actually needed for climbing, ice axes are indispensable when touring in glaciated terrain for many reasons such as creating an anchor. Here we're practising various snow anchors, including using an ice axe anchor.

5 5

Great General Mtnering Axe

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Excellent. Does what it is supposed to do. Light enough that I take it with me for Splitboard mtnering trips and don't worry about the weight. Get the covers so you don't have to worry about that while riding or bringing around.

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

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