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In the mountains, weight is your enemy, and the new Raven Pro is one of the lightest full-service ice axes ever made. This simple, streamlined piolet weighs 100 g less than the Raven, and has all the features you'll need for general mountaineering and glacier use. The cast stainless steel head tapers back to a wide platform that has finger notches on each side for comfort and a secure grip. The pick is thick side-to-side and only slightly drooped, for better shear resistance in soft snow and a predictable grab during self-arrests. The narrow, curved adze allows you to chop steps or dig deadman anchors with ease. Available in four lengths, the Pro's sleek alloy shaft and stainless steel spike are both durable enough to resist talus and prying. A great performer on non-technical ascents like Rainier, Aconcagua, Denali, or Mt. Vinson.
Weight: 392 g / 14 oz (60cm)
General Sizing Guidelines
Depending on the steepness of the slopes you'll be climbing, you may want to adjust this (go shorter for front-pointing on steep ice, longer for upright glacier walking). But this is a good reference for the standard routes on peaks like Mt. Rainier or Denali.
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