The Venom Hammer by Black Diamond is the choice for technical mountaineering routes where performance, light weight and durability are paramount. A modular piolet with a curved shaft, the Venom plunges into snow cleanly, self arrests and provides solid placements in steep alpine ice. The interchangeable pick design gives you a choice between the Venom Classic Pick and the Venom Tech Pick, which has a more technical reverse curve. Both pick options self-arrest on snow. Comes with a Tech Pick and a Lockdown Leash.
The Venom by Black Diamond. A technical piolet for steep couloirs, plunges and self arrests.
|Country of Origin:||China|
|Head:||Head, Hammer/Adze, Spike|
|Head Material:||Stainless Steel|
|Shaft Rating:||B Rated|
|Weight with Leash:||1 lb 4 oz / 564g|
|Black Diamond Venom Ice Axe||$149.95 - $149.99|
|Black Diamond Venom Ice Tool||$119.96|
Not aways my first choice to bring on a trip but definitely good to add to the quiver. nice for snow routes where you consider not bringing an axe but might need to pound something or if you run into a slight bulge of ice. Not something I would particularly want to climb serious ice with but there are climbers out there way better than I who easily could. Grip is nice, leash works well, and the picks are easy enough to change if you have the tool though I prefer the bolt heads on the cobras for tightening in the field.
I thought this must somehow suck because it's so much cheaper than many others in its class but it doesn't. It's sharp, aggressive and a valuable tool. I bought this as a compliment to my long ax for more classic alpine climbing and used it on Mt. Hood's Old Chute yesterday. I would have been significantly less happy without it. I am 6' and I got the 50c which feels plenty long for what I want it for.
If you want a tool that can be used for a bit of mountaineering as well as some steeper ice, the black diamond venom is it!! Perfect versatile ice tool when you need one that can do many different things. Id recommend it to any alpine climber.
This thing rocks! I was looking for an axe that I could use for self arrest but would also work well on some semi steep ice/snow, and the venom does the trick. Seriously, you can't go wrong having this tool with ya.
Like many have said before. When you have a pair they really add up in weight department. Other than the weight this is a sold tool.
This has been my go to axe when engaged in steep glacier travel and light mountaineering. It can work for a bit of easy vertical but certainly not what it was designed for. Also use this bad boy on ski tours over icy terrain as I do not (yet) have a whippet.