Black DiamondRaven Ice Axe

Rainier or Denali, the Raven gets you there and back.

The Black Diamond Raven Ice Axe is designed to give you the greatest comfort and ease of use possible. The ergonomic, stainless steel head has a flat top and hourglass shape at its connection to the shaft. This creates a shape that's comfortable to hang onto and allows fast transition to self-arrest. The Raven's pick shape is very secure in self-arrest, and the large adze makes the dismal job of chopping a belay ledge a little more bearable. You're going to be walking for days with your ice axe. The Raven's comfortable head will make all the difference.

  • Classic design idea for any mountaineering situation
  • Flat head makes a more comfortable hand rest
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Great product.

    Great for general mountaineering. I brought the 70 cm with me up Mt. Rainier. Was exactly what I needed (I'm 5'11') and I felt confidant that I could use it to arrest should the need arise. Prior to this one I used a much shorter technical axe on Mt. Adams, it was no good for general mountaineering. This one is the right tool.

    Great tool

      I just used this thing for the first time today and it was great. It adds so much confidence when traversing snow ridges as well as boot packing up the steeps. It pretty much saved my bacon today. I am 5' 10" and I bought a 70.

      Great all around ice axe

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      This ice axe has everything you need for a steep hike or some basic ice climbing. The quality of it is great with no loose past and the bottom tip has a sharp edge on it.

      Great Ax

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

      I couldn't have summited Mt. Yale(Colorado 14er) without it. The only reason that
      I am not giving it five stars was that it was at times (in hard snow) a bit hard to remove. My beginners poor technique was likely to blame.

      Great ice axe!

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I purchased this axe to use on the Grand Teton and it worked tremendously, while traversing glaciers I felt a lot safer having this in my hand. The reason I chose this particular axe however was the price. I feel that I got all the features I was looking for for way less than other axes.

      Extremely Handy

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I recently used this ice axe while climbing in Colorado, and it was a fantastic purchase. I would not have been able to traverse without it -- it also worked really well for glissading!

      N-Ice Axe

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      Made this purchase for bagging some spring summits here in the Wasatch. I got the 75cm ( I'm 5'11")size and found it to be perfect for hiking up and glissading down steep snow fields. Although this axe is heavier than a lot of other comparable axes, I dont think it negatively affected its use. Solid value buy.

      Do It All Axe

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      This is the staple axe in the industry, probably one of the most popular out there. It is the do it all, whether you're just backpacking the PCT after a huge winter like this year, ski mountaineering, general mountaineering and using it like a cane, or even more technical mountaineering routes. The steel pick and head make for durability you'll have for years to come....They even make for great "lawn darts" when you're sitting at base camp after getting off the head wall!



      I am happy to help out with getting the perfect size for your next adventure, or any mountaineering questions at all that you may have so feel free to reach directly out to me!

      Do It All Axe

      Near Perfection

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Not sure I could ask for more in a mountaineering axe. It has done everything I've asked of it, including the ultimate use: self-arrest.



      The weight is perfect. I almost went with the lighter weight one, but I think I'd prefer this in every way except the extra ounces when you're not using it.



      I am a long and lanky 6'2" and went with the 75cm tool. Surprisingly perfect length.



      Can't recommend it more!

      Near Perfection

      Great Gift!

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

      I bought the 75cm axe for my mountaineering uncle on his latest summit up Mt Washington, he loved it!

      Great Gift!

      Mountaineering Necessity

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Glacier travel anchor device / self-arresting tool - everyone needs this in their quiver to properly mountaineer! Black Diamond is the pioneer is this niche and they do it best.

      Mountaineering Necessity

      Mt. Baldy Summit

      My customer used this axe for a summit up Mt. Baldy and said that it worked perfectly. He attached it to his backpack just in case it got lost in the pow, but it provided the support he needed to get up and down.
      Check him out this photo of him in action and let me know if I can help with a summit by emailing me at bsneyd@backcountry.com or giving me a call at 801.204.4676!

      Mt. Baldy Summit

      Love it

        Bought this as my first ice axe and it's never failed me. It's lightweight and easy to handle.

        Great First Ice Axe

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        Bought this initially for the start of the CDT in Glacier, have used it since for mountaineering around the PNW. Its a very solid axe, and feels great in hand.

        First Ice Axe

        • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

        Bought this for my inaugural trip up a mountain. Used it for snow school and for a trip with my sons up Mount Shasta. Luckily other than caning with it, the only use it got was in us throwing ourselves down the hill and practicing our self-arrest, which, as I would expect, it did quite well. As for durability, I noticed the local outfitter in Mt. Shasta rents the Raven, and those look like they've been put through the wringer and are still going strong.

        Life saver for sure

        • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

        We gave this as a gift to my brother in law "This thing is a life saver and I would recommend it to anyone who is even remotely interested in climbing any mountains, especially in the spring time in the alpine.
        My buddies and I climbed a 14,000 foot mountain in CO in late May and it really helped at the top with the snowcapped peaks. The ice axe is especially helpful on the descend. I would recommend it to anyone doing any intense “above-the tree line” hikes."

        Black diamond makes great hardgoods

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        Kudos to my fellow reviewers. I am 6’ tall. I went with the 65cm after reading other reviews. I am very pleased with that size. Its great for steep back country skiing. I've used it to climb some steep chutes. I sometimes think the ice axe is the greatest mountain climbing tool of all time. If you are looking for a general mountaineering axe it's a great choice. Don't leave home without it. Black diamond does it right.

        Great all around axe

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        Wow, what a great axe for the money. I have looked at many axes comparing weight to performance. This axe comes out on top. What sold it for me is how comfortable it is to hold the axe in your hand in the self arrest position.

        Great for Backcountry Snowboarding

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        Wasup, I am 5'11 165lbs and I bought the 65cm Ice Axe. It is too legit to quit.. But really it fits very well on my pack while splitboarding or spring glacier travel. Long enough to put my poles away on steep ascents. I use it for self arresting and that's it, but I have had to use it twice and it didn't fail me, thankfully.

        summit of Rainier with the pops!

        He's got the Raven Pro and I have the Raven. Personally, I think the Raven is more comfortable to use than its lighter counterpart.

        summit of Rainier with the pops!

        Great photo, Zina!

        Awesome picture Zina !!!

        I selected this image to feature on the Community Hub at the bottom of the Backcountry.com homepage! Congrats on being amazingly GOATWORTHY !!