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Black Diamond Raven Pro Ice Axe

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.

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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…

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Let’s face it, weight matters in the mountains. Whether its a two day ascent up Mount Rainier or a two month expedition in the Himalaya, If I can keep things light, I can keep things more comfortable. The Black Diamond Raven Pro shaves critical weight by using a lightweight aluminum shaft. However, I also need an ice axe that is strong and would match up with performance for self-arrest. The stainless steel head gives me the performance, durability and strength I need in a general mountaineering ice axe.

—JJ Justman

Specs Sizing
  • Lightweight aluminum shaft
  • Investment-cast, one-piece stainless steel head with an aggressive pick and large hole for a carabiner
  • Ergonomic head
  • CEN-B certified
  • Weight: [50 cm] 362 g (13 oz)
  • Head: Head, Spike: stainless steel
  • Shaft: Aluminum

General Sizing Guidelines

  • 60 cm - 5' 4" and shorter
  • 65 cm - 5' 4" - 5' 8" and shorter
  • 70 cm - 5' 8" to roughly 6' 2"
  • 75 cm - 6' 2" to 6' 6"


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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Reviews 54321 5/5 stars based on 7 reviews.

54321   

great product, very light but strong. went with the recomended length and it was perfect, would buy it again in a heart beat, also fast and great service!!!

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54321   

I exchanged this ice ax for the 70 cm one. 60 cm is too short for Rainier. Although, the Black Diamond Raven Pro Ice Axe is excellent.

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54321   

Excellent ice axe. Only have used it couple of times but so far I like it a lot. Very light.

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54321   

I bought this axe for a recent trip on Mount Rainier. It was a good choice. The body and head are very lightweight and well shaped, making it very comfortable to carry and use for long periods. The finish is very durable and looks great. It is very sharp, so like the other posts suggest, get the protectors. I bought the protectors made by Black Diamond and they held up well in my bag on the flight home despite there being exactly enough room for the axe.

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54321   

When climbing for 8-12 hours in a day, every ounce counts. After spending time seeing what ax had the best balance of weight to durability this once stood out. Not to mention the slick look of polished metal. Like the previous review make sure to pick up ax protector since the first time I traveled with it the pick end ripped through my bag... enjoy the mountains! Rick J

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54321   

This is a well crafted axe that has a wow factor when you pick it up and feel the smooth lines and light weight. I can't wait to use mine on the mountains. The tips are verry sharp so get a protective cover to keep you and your gear safe.

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54321   

This is a great axe. Very lightweight but sturdy enough to feel secure. The head is shaped properly for a very comfortable self-belay grip on those long climbs.

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Mountain Logic™

Choosing the Right Ice Axe

Different Types of Mountaineering Ice Axes


 

"For general mountaineering avoid an axe that’s too long. When the axe is comfortably hanging at your side with your arm straight, the spike of your axe should be right at your ankle bone." - Solveig Waterfall's Guide PickTM pick: Black Diamond Raven Pro

 

 

"I personally use an alpine climbing axe on mountains like Denali, Vinson and Everest because you have a choice between an adze and hammer.  Also, a slightly shorter axe is beneficial when you get on steeper terrain." - JJ Justmam's Guide PickTM pick: Black Diamond Venom Hammer
 

 

The Take Away: For standard routes on Rainier, Denali, Everest and other non-technical climbs, a general mountaineering ice axe provides the ideal balance of weight, features and durability. On steeper routes like West Rib on McKinley and Liberty Ridge on Rainier an alpine axe will be your choice. In general, more technical tools will match more technical routes.

 


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