A long snow route with a couple pitches of ice is the hardest type of climbing to select an appropriate tool. You can either have a good ice tool that sucks for self arrest or a standard ice axe that can barely climb a pitch of easy ice. Not anymore. The Black Diamond Venom is an ice axe that's designed self arrest and plunge into the snow easily but offer good ice performance. The interchangeable, classically curved pick is designed to provide solid placements while ice climbing and to self arrest securely. The Venom's slight bend at the top of the shaft increases vertical performance without sacrificing the ability to plant the shaft in the snow. A perfect alpine leash, the Lockdown, is included with this versatile axe.
The ultimate hybrid axe for technical couloirs and rugged alpine terrain, the Black Diamond Venom bridges the gap between classic piolet and technical ice tool. The curved upper shaft provides added clearance during technical ice and snow sections, while the traditional spike makes for smooth plunging on the uphill. The dual-density grip and included Lockdown Leash increase security when things get dicey.
|Best Use:||Alpine Climbing, Classic Mountaineering, Glacier Travel, Vertical Ice|
|Country of Origin:||China|
|Head Material:||Stainless Steel|
|Shaft Rating:||B Rated|
|Sizes:||50, 57 and 64 cm|
|Weight:||528 g, 1 lb 3 oz (Hammer, 50 cm)|
|Black Diamond Venom Adze Ice Axe||$112.49 - $149.95|
|Black Diamond Venom Ice Tool||$119.96|
|Black Diamond Venom Hammer||$149.95|