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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

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    Black Diamond Raven Ice Axe

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    A modern take on the classic piolet, the raven is the perfect tool for anything steeper than flat but not steep enough to get a 5. or WI rating. From snowfields to icy slab the raven can manage most of the terrain you’ll find during the chilly season. The aluminum shaft is somewhow unbreakable (I’ve got two so I have tried), within reasonable limits, and I still cannot comprehend how the head and spike are secured ( can’t seem to break those off either). What I do know is the raven is a budget-friendly option that always does what you need it to when you need it to. However, it should be noted that the aluminum haft does get a bit cold when it’s -50° and windy, furthermore I have acquired a slight preference for a bent shaft in my ice axes, although that could be chalked up to personal taste. If you live with an ice axe in hand you’ll know what you want, if you’re looking to bag a few summits a year, this is the tool to get you there.

    Black Diamond Raven Ice Axe

    Perfect Basic Axe

      Used this on the ascent of the Pfeifferhorn, still half covered in snow as of June 22nd. This is a basic axe and served me well ascending and descending super steep snowy inclines. It is fairly light, very strong and sharp out of the box. The shaft can be a bit slippery depending on your glove situation, so connecting it to your body is a good idea. Would recommend as far as basic mountaineering axes go.

      Nice sidekick

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I rented this axe a couple of times before deciding to buy one for myself. Bulletproof and easy to carry, the top of the axe fits my hand well when using it as a walking stick also.

      When you need it...

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      Took these out on a winter trip up San Gorgonio in California. I was not sure what conditions would look like, and some of the slope crossings are fairly steep. In our case we ended up finding mushy snow and plenty of traction with Kahtoolas. Still it was nice to know that we had the tools to self arrest should we have encountered slopes of ice. These tools are light weight, easy to use and basically an industry standard.

      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.

          Product: Black Diamond Raven Ice Axe. My husband and I are looking for an axe and we’re not sure what size to purchase. I’m 5’3 and he’s 5’7. Also, does body weight matter when looking for an axe? My husband is over 250 pounds and I’m 160 pounds. We would be using for day hikes and or while backpacking. I will look for your response. Thank you in advance.

          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.