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Black Diamond Raven Ice Axe


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    85 Reviews


    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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    Perfect for the Basics

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    This axe has worked great on most mountaineering routes up in the PNW. It's fairly light and does the job use with rescue and self arrest. Buy this if you are touring and don't mind the weight and length, or if you are doing very minimal amounts of high grade climbing or mountaineering. If you are doing higher grades i would look for something with a trigger and grip.

    Great product.

      Great for general mountaineering. I brought the 70 cm with me up Mt. Rainier. Was exactly what I needed (I'm 5'11') and I felt confidant that I could use it to arrest should the need arise. Prior to this one I used a much shorter technical axe on Mt. Adams, it was no good for general mountaineering. This one is the right tool.

      Great tool

        I just used this thing for the first time today and it was great. It adds so much confidence when traversing snow ridges as well as boot packing up the steeps. It pretty much saved my bacon today. I am 5' 10" and I bought a 70.

        Great all around ice axe

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        This ice axe has everything you need for a steep hike or some basic ice climbing. The quality of it is great with no loose past and the bottom tip has a sharp edge on it.

        Great Ax

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

        I couldn't have summited Mt. Yale(Colorado 14er) without it. The only reason that
        I am not giving it five stars was that it was at times (in hard snow) a bit hard to remove. My beginners poor technique was likely to blame.

        Great ice axe!

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        I purchased this axe to use on the Grand Teton and it worked tremendously, while traversing glaciers I felt a lot safer having this in my hand. The reason I chose this particular axe however was the price. I feel that I got all the features I was looking for for way less than other axes.

        Extremely Handy

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        I recently used this ice axe while climbing in Colorado, and it was a fantastic purchase. I would not have been able to traverse without it -- it also worked really well for glissading!

        N-Ice Axe

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        Made this purchase for bagging some spring summits here in the Wasatch. I got the 75cm ( I'm 5'11")size and found it to be perfect for hiking up and glissading down steep snow fields. Although this axe is heavier than a lot of other comparable axes, I dont think it negatively affected its use. Solid value buy.

        Do It All Axe

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        This is the staple axe in the industry, probably one of the most popular out there. It is the do it all, whether you're just backpacking the PCT after a huge winter like this year, ski mountaineering, general mountaineering and using it like a cane, or even more technical mountaineering routes. The steel pick and head make for durability you'll have for years to come....They even make for great "lawn darts" when you're sitting at base camp after getting off the head wall!

        I am happy to help out with getting the perfect size for your next adventure, or any mountaineering questions at all that you may have so feel free to reach directly out to me!

        Do It All Axe

        Near Perfection

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        Not sure I could ask for more in a mountaineering axe. It has done everything I've asked of it, including the ultimate use: self-arrest.

        The weight is perfect. I almost went with the lighter weight one, but I think I'd prefer this in every way except the extra ounces when you're not using it.

        I am a long and lanky 6'2" and went with the 75cm tool. Surprisingly perfect length.

        Can't recommend it more!

        Near Perfection

        Mountaineering Necessity

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        Glacier travel anchor device / self-arresting tool - everyone needs this in their quiver to properly mountaineer! Black Diamond is the pioneer is this niche and they do it best.

        Mountaineering Necessity

        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

        Great First Ice Axe

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        Bought this initially for the start of the CDT in Glacier, have used it since for mountaineering around the PNW. Its a very solid axe, and feels great in hand.

        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.

        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.

        You can call or email me directly. 801-736-6398, or

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

        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.

        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.

        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.