Black Diamond Venom Hammer
Black Diamond Venom Hammer

A long snow route with a couple pitches of ice is the hardest type of climbing for which to select an appropriate tool. It used to be that you could 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. Black Diamond…

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Black Diamond Venom Hammer
Black Diamond Venom Hammer

It’s hard to know which tool to use when climbing long, technical couloirs. Part traditional piolet and part technical ice tool, the Black Diamond Venom Hammer swings into ice well thanks to a curved shaft with plenty of clearance, while the comfortable grip and included leash provide peace of…

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