Black Diamond – Evac 9

This is Black Diamond’s biggest shovel, a size up from the Evac 7, and with its D-shaped handle and extra-wide aluminium blade – almost 30cm – it is designed to shift large amounts of snow. The  shaft extends to almost 1m long and the blade can be switched to hoe mode for moments when you need to ‘pull’ snow out of the way rather than simply dig. If you’re digging a snow pit to inspect the pack, the blade has a flat-bottomed profile, which should help you get a clean face on the wall.

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