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Black Diamond Raven Ice Axe


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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
    • Item #BLD0294

    Tech Specs

    Pick Material
    Shaft Material
    Claimed Weight
    (60cm) 16 oz
    Recommended Use
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

    Tech Specs

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    Mt. Baldy Summit

    My customer used this axe for a summit up Mt. Baldy and said that it worked perfectly. He attached it to his backpack just in case it got lost in the pow, but it provided the support he needed to get up and down.
    Check him out this photo of him in action and let me know if I can help with a summit by emailing me at or giving me a call at 801.204.4676!

    Mt. Baldy Summit

    First Ice Axe

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

    Bought this for my inaugural trip up a mountain. Used it for snow school and for a trip with my sons up Mount Shasta. Luckily other than caning with it, the only use it got was in us throwing ourselves down the hill and practicing our self-arrest, which, as I would expect, it did quite well. As for durability, I noticed the local outfitter in Mt. Shasta rents the Raven, and those look like they've been put through the wringer and are still going strong.

    Life saver for sure

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

    We gave this as a gift to my brother in law "This thing is a life saver and I would recommend it to anyone who is even remotely interested in climbing any mountains, especially in the spring time in the alpine.
    My buddies and I climbed a 14,000 foot mountain in CO in late May and it really helped at the top with the snowcapped peaks. The ice axe is especially helpful on the descend. I would recommend it to anyone doing any intense “above-the tree line” hikes."

    Black diamond makes great hardgoods

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Kudos to my fellow reviewers. I am 6’ tall. I went with the 65cm after reading other reviews. I am very pleased with that size. Its great for steep back country skiing. I've used it to climb some steep chutes. I sometimes think the ice axe is the greatest mountain climbing tool of all time. If you are looking for a general mountaineering axe it's a great choice. Don't leave home without it. Black diamond does it right.

    Great all around axe

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Wow, what a great axe for the money. I have looked at many axes comparing weight to performance. This axe comes out on top. What sold it for me is how comfortable it is to hold the axe in your hand in the self arrest position.

    Great for Backcountry Snowboarding

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Wasup, I am 5'11 165lbs and I bought the 65cm Ice Axe. It is too legit to quit.. But really it fits very well on my pack while splitboarding or spring glacier travel. Long enough to put my poles away on steep ascents. I use it for self arresting and that's it, but I have had to use it twice and it didn't fail me, thankfully.

    summit of Rainier with the pops!

    He's got the Raven Pro and I have the Raven. Personally, I think the Raven is more comfortable to use than its lighter counterpart.

    summit of Rainier with the pops!

    does the job

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Not the lightest piolet on the market, nor the most specialized, but the Raven sure does get the job done. It's perfect for steep climbs, self-arrest practice (hopefully you won't need to use it for the real thing), and all-around snow travel. The Raven is solid and sturdy, while still remaining light enough to carry around all day without complaints. You simply can't get a better axe for the price.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    What Size Should I get?

    Best Answer

    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.

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

    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.

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

    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.

    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!

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

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

    Best Answer

    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.

    Are these sizes the actual length from the...

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

    How tall would someone need to be to use...

    How tall would someone need to be to use a 90 cm axe?

    Is the black diamond good in the snow?? ...

    Is the black diamond good in the snow?? For that matter is any ice axe good in the snow?? I'm looking in to buying one of these but when I thought about most of the mountains that I hike its usually snow not ice.