A long snow route with a couple pitches of ice is the hardest form of mountain climbing to choose the perfect tool for. It was that it is advisable either select a good ice tool with questionable self-arrest capabilities or a typical ice axe that may barely climb a pitch of easy ice–not anymore. Black Diamond designed the Venom Ice Axe to self-arrest and plunge into the snow easily but still offer good ice performance.
Material: [head] stainless steel, [shaft] aluminum, [pick] Chromoly
Length: 50cm, 57cm
Claimed Weight: [50cm] 1lb 2oz (517g), [57cm] 1lb 3oz (547g)
Really useful Use: ice/mixed mountain climbing
Manufacturer Warranty: 1 year