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Black Diamond Viper Ice Tool

A technical, all-terrain tool, the Black Diamond Viper makes the perfect daily driver for ice and alpine climbing. The Viper is built with a hydroformed shaft to increase stiffness and reduce weight, while maintaining exceptional clearance and balance.

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A technical, all-terrain tool, the Black Diamond Viper makes the perfect daily driver for ice and alpine climbing. The Viper is built with a hydroformed shaft to increase stiffness and reduce weight, while maintaining exceptional clearance and balance.

$239.95
Specs
  • Hydroformed shaft for clearance, weight savings and strength
  • Laser pick, Viper Strike and Fang included, modular head design
  • Removable upper and lower pommels
  • Shaft CEN-T certified, patented
  • Pick is CEN-B
  • Pick: Chromoly steel
  • Grip: TPU
  • Weight: [Adze] 655 g (1 lb 7 oz) // [Hammer] 625 g (1 lb 6 oz)
  • Shaft: Aluminum
  • Head: Stainless steel
  • Length: 50 cm

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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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