The Black Diamond Venom is a technical mountain ice axe perfect for weight conscious alpinists and ski mountaineers on technical missions.
Featuring a fully interchangeable pick and an ergonomically shaped, angled shaft, the Black Diamond Venom provides security and easy handling when swinging it like an ice axe, and a sliding FlickLock pommel offers an adjustable second grip for choking up on steep snow. Combining the technical precision of an ice tool with the classic alpine functionality of a piolet, the Venom is the one tool to have for technical ski mountaineering missions, classic glacier routes and moderate snow climbs with short cruxes. The versatile stainless steel head features a fully interchangeable pick design that is compatible with any Black Diamond pick.
Stainless steel head with integrated adze or hammer
Interchangeable pick construction is compatible with all BD picks
Asymmetrical angled shaft with integrated grip for ergonomic handling
Hammer comes with Mountain Tech pick, Adze comes with Mountain Classic pick
Having previously used a pair of Stubai Hornets and DMM Xenos, I bought these two years ago.
I have mainly used these axes for Scottish winter climbing.
The axes are superb for leashless climbing, for security I have been using the Grivel spring leashes
I've had these axes for a season now, having previously used DMM fly's, so I can't compare them to other leashless axes- but I can say they're amazing! Well designed, curvy enough to give good clearance, but still plungable in cornices etc (Obviusly to a