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Black Diamond Raven Ice Axe

$79.95

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      $79.95
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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
    steel
    Shaft Material
    aluminum
    Claimed Weight
    (60cm) 16 oz
    Recommended Use
    mountaineering
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

    Tech Specs

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    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

    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 bsneyd@backcountry.com 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.

    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 bporreca@backcountry.com

    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.