Edit/Approval: OR - Black Diamond Raven Pro by Joe Schaffer
- Hi Joe,
Thanks for the OR of an axe I know well. I have a few edits for you and then it can go with the other Raven Pro reviews at:
Reviews > Snow Gear > Axes and Shovels > Black Diamond Raven Pro Ice Axe
***The Raven Pro features a stainless steel head and spike with an aluminum shaft offered in 5 cm-increment lengths from 50 to 75 cm.
EDIT: need the Imperial conversions (inches)
*** My observations may be relevant for casual hikers who eschew technical work but don't shy from a bit of snowy declivity. My impressions relate to the less-technical end of this product category.
Comment: which is fine as this axe does not carry a "T" rating anyway. You may want to make mention somewhere that it is a "B" rated axe.
*** Next on a Whitney (California, USA) trip
EDIT: Mt. Whitney
*** I can sink the Raven Pro with a dainty plunk into the crunch without inadvertently burying the head to the hozel.
EDIT: burying the head to the "handle" (or, what is a hozel?)
The somewhat straighter pick also requires less extraction effort.
***At 13,000' (4,000 m) it becomes fairly clear to the foggy mind that easier repetitions of sinking the shaft become torture in a less immediate time frame.
EDIT: to "my" foggy mind (keep it in the 1st person to avoid projection)