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.
Black Diamond built the Raven Ultra Ice Axe for fast-and-light alpine routes and technical ski mountaineering. Even though it weighs only 12oz in a 50cm length, the Raven Ultra is still completely functional and easily stands up to the abuse alpine tools take on a regular basis. Unlike those other lightweight axes, this one still includes a full steel head and pick, so you're not trying to stop your slide with a soft piece of aluminum.
For fast and light ski mountaineering and alpine ascents, the Raven Ultra climbs icy couloirs and easy snow slopes equally well. Its investment-cast, ergonomically- shaped head and unique superlight 45-degree angle-cut spike provide good penetration in hard snow.This item is a cosmetic blemish. It is fully functional, strength tested, and warranteed. We usually cannot even tell what the blemish is, but are happy to pass the savings on this item on to you!
|Best Use:||Glacier Travel|
|Country of Origin:||China|
|Head Material:||Stainless Steel|
|Head, Spike:||stainless steel|
|Shaft Rating:||B Rated|
|Weight:||12 oz / 348 g (50 cm)|
|Weight (Grams):||348 g|
|Weight Without Leash:||348 g, 12 oz (50 cm)|
|Black Diamond Raven Ice-Axe||$79.95 - $79.99|
|Black Diamond Raven Pro Ice Axe||$79.96 - $99.99|
|Black Diamond Raven Grip Ice Axe||$71.99 - $95.95|
|Black Diamond Raven Mountaineering Axe||$63.96|
This is the perfect ski mountaineering Ice Tool. It's light, but not too light and cheap like some of the super lightweight axes. I've knocked the adze off one of the cheap aluminum types while chopping out tent anchors. It's burly enough for anything I'd like to ski, but obviously not most ideal for steep ice. Seems like you could work through small sections with it. Big fan of this crucial piece of equipment.
When it comes to "piolets" the Raven is pretty much perfect. Light, balanced, no-frills. The 50 cm version is perfect for ski mountaineering in the Alps when you need a handy tool on your pack but might not use it all the time. When spring steep skiing season hits don't be left wondering why you didn't invest in a proper tool... get the Raven!
The Raven Ultra is the perfect ice tool for lightweight ski mountaineering. For me, every ounce counts when Im trying to shred down a steep committing line and maybe catch some air time. Its nice a small so I dont have to worry about it spearing me in the head when its on my pack.
Noticeably lighter than the other mountaineering axes I've used, though still seems stout enough to take years of abuse. The polished steel head and orange shaft look great, too. Just wish I had it on Saturday for the climb up Superior. If you're looking for a mountaineering axe, I wouldn't hesitate on buying this one.
The Raven Ultra Ice Axe is not the perfect climbing tool - but if you like to go up steep or sketchy side hill spots, while summiting peaks to snowboard/ski down than this is a great tool to have with you. Light weight and reliable
held up incredibly well after a few climbs - incredibly sturdy for such a light weight - cant imagine needing anything heavier/stronger than this for any snow climb.
Perfect tool for the just in case moments. Fits nicely in or on pack. Its a snow tool plain and simple.
11.5oz of sheer awesome. All my friends want one.
This my weapon of choice for high country of the PCT.
Super light, Super simple design. No frills, no extras. Great tool.
Used this on Mt. Hood last weekend. Light weight and sturdy. The pick and adze worked well and the length was fine. Only thing I didn't like is that it doesn't have a steel spike. The shape of the aluminum spike isn't bad, but it takes extra effort to get a good grip in the snow.