A lightweight, classic piolet, the Black Diamond Raven Pro Ice Axe is the ideal axe for ounce counters. Whether you're kicking steps up Rainier or Aconcagua or winding through crevasse fields in the Alps, the Raven Pro's lightweight aluminum shaft and investment-cast, polished stainless steel head provide classic, all-around performance.
The Raven Pro is a frequent choice on non-technical ascents like Rainier, Aconcagua, Denali, or Mt. Vinson. The head of the ice axe is comfortable to carry on lenghty ascents. This ice axe is also lightweight enough that it makes sense to take along in the event of a snowfield crossing.
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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