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 for self arrest and plunge into the snow easily but also offers 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.
Head : Head, Hammer/Adze, Spike - Stainless Steel Pick : Venom Hammer is equipped with a Tech Pick and
the Venom Adze comes with the Classic Pick
Shaft : Aluminum Grip : Dual-density molded grip Weight with Leash : 528 g, 1 lb 3 oz (Hammer, 50 cm) Certifications : CEN-B certified
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