For fast-and-light ski mountaineering and alpine ascents, the Raven Ultra Ice Axe by Black Diamond provides an extra level of security with minimal weight. Its ergonomically-shaped, compact head is investment cast, as is the plug that rims and protects the aluminum shaft. The shaft also has a beveled point for good penetration and security.
FEATURES of the Black Diamond Raven Ultra Ice Axe
Climbs moderate alpine ice and snow
Investment-cast, polished stainless steel head and spike
The head is designed with an aggressive pick and large hole for a carabiner
Rated 5 out of
Good for what it's forIf you're looking for a tough axe to take on hard alpine routes, this is not your axe. If you need something to help you on a steep snow slope or for generic glacier travel, this is a good axe. I also like it for my backcountry skiing; it is light but markedly more durable than aluminum axes.
Date published: 2010-08-20
Rated 4 out of
Decent mountaineering axe, not quite balanced for alpine routesI love the light weight and its proved worthy on a number of climbs, but don't choose this if you're planning on any sort of technical moves or places where a good bite is crucial. Save it for scrambling, rainier, Denali and other walk-ups.
Date published: 2010-05-20
Rated 5 out of
Boyfriend Loves It!This was a gift to my boyfriend, who thinks that this is exactly what he'll need for his upcoming climbing expeditions. In the meantime, he leaves it in his car for a zombie fighting tool. Multi-use!!