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
Share your thoughts
Is this the recalled or updated version?
YOU MUST WHIPPET!
I've noticed that nobody seems to have any concern about the potential danger of skiing with a large steel pick in your hands. Although these are recommended for backcountry only, I could see the extreme usefulness of these poles when skiing no-fall steeps in-bounds (wish I'd had one during a long, scary fall at Alyeska). However, skiing more moderate terrain with these seems dangerous, especially with other people around. Too bad BD does not offer a model with a removable pick that can be attached only when needed.
On a separate topic, when do you expect these poles to be back in stock? Is BD planning on issuing a new model for the 2014/15 season?
The whippet will remain unchanged, they do make it in a carbon version. I usually don't ski with this on moderate terrain. I just am using my regular Black Diamond poles without the pick on easier terrain. If I know I am getting into steeper terrain then I bring it along and swap out one of my regular poles. When I am in really steep terrain I forgo the whippet all together and just ski with a true mountaineering ice axe in my hand. If I fall Ill drop the pole and actually self arrest with the axe. Since they are only sold as one they are kind of an add on anyway. We are getting more in stock.
Mt. Rainier Sharing of Tools
Even the Rangers on Mt. Rainier love the Whippets. The great thing is that when climbing a pair can be shared with your buddy. These poles rule......enough said..
Don't expect to rely on the Whippets alone when on Rainier, they're a great assist to your ice axe while on less steep slopes.
More useful than expected
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I was a bit skeptical as to whether this would be a useful piece of gear, but it pretty immediately became part of my standard backcountry kit. That said, I usually just take one whippet and one regular pole.
Great Safety Tool For The Steeps
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Love Black Diamond tools and added this recently to my arsenal, now if I can just keep them as all my buds love em also. Easy fliplocks that stay locked and baskets that don't fall off. I've used similar self arrest poles from the early years but having a stainless steel pick versus the old hard plastic of years ago is just a no brainer. I do wish that the pick or handles were removable allowing multiple use. They're great for for skiing those steep couloirs during icy or spring corn.
Once BD adds removable picks I'd give it 5 stars.
Ba da da da duh
- 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.
I use the Whippet for hiking and snowshoeing all the time during winter and spring conditions. Just a basic trekking pole with an axe attached! It's always with me on basic mountain climbs and on approach climbs before the actual ice axe comes into play. I have the older aluminum two piece. I cut down the lower section with a simple pipe cutter so the whole pole extends to trekking pole length, and then collapses down small enough to not resemble a ham radio antenna strapped to my pack! Really one of my favorite pieces of functional equipment and I don't ski.
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
As Micah mentioned, a Whippet isn't really appropriate for inbounds skiing (it could do some damage in a fall even if you wrap it up). That said, it does come with the tip protector linked above, so you don't need to buy that in addition.