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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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What Size Should I get?

Responded on

So for a versatile size, measure the distance between the tip of your middle finger while at your side and the malleolus of your ankle. This will provide the most versatile size for you.

If you intend to be on steeper terrain mostly, then you can use a shorter axe, if you are going to be on more moderate flatter terrain then a longer axe will suit you better.

You can call or email me directly. 801-736-6398, or bporreca@backcountry.com

5 5

Worth the weight

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have brought this wish me on a few peak climbs and it has come in useful on each occasion. Not only for self arresting but also to help with glissading and used in place of a trekking pole to get up and down steep icy parts. Also makes me feel safer when solo hiking further out. Has nearly paid for itself already.

4 5

Saved my life.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Got these for me and my husband. We have used it snowshoeing a couple of times. Im 5’4” and he’s 5”9 and we both have 70cm. Its a PERFECT length for deep deep powder when you get back into the backcounty. It is a little uncomfortable to hold between the fingers (however that might just be my gloves because its not for my husband) Both of us had to self arrest on a steep down climb and it definitely gets the job done.

4 5

Hard to beat

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

There are lighter piolet style ice axes out there, and there are ones with a more ergonomic curved design. But for the weight and price of the Raven its pretty hard to beat. The Raven is going to be plenty durable, and is very comfortable in hand.

When it comes to its brothers the Pro and Ultra, they achieve the weight savings by downsizing the head of the ax, which is obviously going to reduce some of the functionality (especially for the adz) in exchange for a lighter weight.

5 5

The most comfortable

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This axe really is more comfortable than competing axes. I've tried similar axes from Petzl and Grivel, and used the BD Venom on occasion, and this axe really is more comfortable than any of those. If you need your axe for more than about an hour, the ergonomic head really starts to make a difference. It would be my only recommendation for moderate snow/glacier climbing.

I'm 5'9'' and will use the axe for winter hiking/mountaineering. Can anyone explain/recommend how I should size the axe?

Responded on

The Mountaineers recommend a 70 cm axe for nearly everyone with regard to general mountaineering. This information can be found in the latest edition of their book, "Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills," on page 322.

Responded on

The rule of thumb I've heard is that the spike should be about at your ankle bone when holding the axe with your arm down. A longer axe will be more comfortable for gentle terrain and a shorter axe will be easier to use on steep terrain.

I'm 5'11" and I have a 70cm - so that will probably be a good size for you as well.

4 5

Gets the Job Done

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I used this ax while backpacking in some slushy conditions in Olympic National Park. It saved me a couple
times when I slipped and started sliding. The ax is a bit heavy compared to other ice axes, but it gets the job done and can out up with some serious abuse.

I'm 6'6" and will use the ax for bc skiing mostly. What size would you recommend?

Responded on

The general rule for mountaineering is when you the head at your side, the point should be by your ankle.
But for backcountry ski travel you can go a lot shorter assuming on flats and glacier you will still have skis and poles on. But for steeps where you're plunging the spike and boot backing a ax over 60cm gets unwieldy.
What type of backcountry travel will you be doing? Will the axe be on your back 98% of the time? and do you plan to use it to make an anchor?
At 6'2" I used a 65cm of the Raven. Now I use a 50cm Camp Corsa Nanotech. Half the weight means I don't mind carrying it around all day and not using it.

Responded on

I agree with the above. For skiing, your axe only comes out for the steeps, so it makes sense to prioritize ease of climbing and weight (aka - a short axe) over walking comfort (long axe). I usually ski with a 50 cm axe, which would work - you are pretty tall so may want to consider sizing up to 55 or 60. You could also look at some lighter options than this because weight will be more important than comfort.

It is really up to you what size, just make sure you understand the tradeoffs!

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

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...

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

Best Answer Responded on

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!

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.