Black Diamond Raven Ice Axe
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
A modern take on the classic piolet, the raven is the perfect tool for anything steeper than flat but not steep enough to get a 5. or WI rating. From snowfields to icy slab the raven can manage most of the terrain youâll find during the chilly season. The aluminum shaft is somewhow unbreakable (Iâve got two so I have tried), within reasonable limits, and I still cannot comprehend how the head and spike are secured ( canât seem to break those off either). What I do know is the raven is a budget-friendly option that always does what you need it to when you need it to. However, it should be noted that the aluminum haft does get a bit cold when itâs -50Â° and windy, furthermore I have acquired a slight preference for a bent shaft in my ice axes, although that could be chalked up to personal taste. If you live with an ice axe in hand youâll know what you want, if youâre looking to bag a few summits a year, this is the tool to get you there.