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Be prepared for the only time you actually want to get arrested.
When ski touring in highly exposed terrain or extremely variable conditions, a simple edge slip can become a life-or-death slide in the blink of an eye, leaving no time to remove your pack and grope for your ice axe. With the Black Diamond Whippet Self-Arrest Ski Pole, you no longer have to resort to carrying a ski pole in one hand and one ice axe in the other in these extreme situations. An aggressive stainless steel pick embedded in the pole's grip allows for quick and effective self-arrests, and the two-piece construction with powder basket gives this pole versatile touring performance on the mellow approach.
- Stainless steel pick embedded in the top of the grip
- FlickLock Pro adjustability
- Ergonomic handle
- 100mm (4in) powder basket
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- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Before you ski that couloir,
you must whippet,
Before that cornice comes off,
you must whippet,
Try to detect it,
It's not too late,
To whippet good!
In the backcountry, the difference between having a great time and being heli-vac'd to the hospital may lie with your ability to self arrest a fall. The whippet is an amazing tool for those who wander out to ski steep lines in exposed areas.
Make sure you practice your self arrest before heading out!
You must Whippet!
Has anyone hiked with these poles? I know...
Has anyone hiked with these poles? I know they say ski but I like the self-arrest feature in a trekking pole. If not, what are the chances of a carbon fibre pole breaking while trying to self-arrest? Don't think there is any snow on my upcoming trip to Patagonia but I would like the added security.
I have heard of people hiking with them, although they are not intended for hiking, they will still give you the added security and make for a nice trekking tool when the going gets tough in snowy conditions.
The great thing about carbon is that it doesn't bend like aluminum does. Carbon is able to withstand multiple impacts within a bend or break. I trust carbon totally.
Born from steep descents in the Alps, the self arrest ski pole has been refined by Black Diamond in the form of the Whippet. Durable, dependable, versatile, the Whippet is a standard piece of equipment for myself and many of my friend when steep skiing and technical terrain is possible. In my experience the BD fliplock design has been reliable, and I have never had a problem with the Whippet or any BD pole failing.
The Whippet should not be expected to replace an axe when necessary. However, it is extremely convenient to have the climbing and self arrest capabilities of the Whippet when skiing, and for less technical climbing.
Photo: The Fabrikant puts the Whippet to good use making turns on a few inches of snow over blue ice, down in the high Andes of Argentina.
Black Diamond Whippet Self-Arrest Ski
Black Diamond Whippet with Andrew McLean
Is there a cover for the spike because i'm...
Is there a cover for the spike because i'm afraid if i'm skiing inbounds people might get a bit intimidated by it.
The Whippet is specifically designed for steep ski mountaineering where you need the security of an ice axe but the functionality of a trekking pole. It would be out of place and a potential hazard for in-bounds skiing. With that said, BD has the pick protector to make packing your gear safe from the sharp edge. Check it out: http://www.backcountry.com/black-diamond-pick-protector?ti=U2VhcmNoIFJlc3VsdHM6cGljayBwcm90ZWN0b3I6MTox