- Forged aluminum pick provides lightweight (100g) security for high alpine adventures
- ClickLock mechanism provides quick and secure attachment to grip on Whippet-Ready ski poles
Looking forward to having this
Looking forward to having this for extra stability in steep gullies
great alternative whippet attachment
The alpine whippet is a fine alternative to the traditional, pick version. Lighter for one; and likely as effective for the times we're crossing steep, hard snowfields. Great design!
Far more reasonable self-arrest tool than the original
For almost two decades I had been using a Grivel Condor self-arrest grip, mounted on a succession of adjustable poles from BD and Komperdell. When I first got a Condor, back then the original BD Whippet was not very convenient to remove. Then it became fixed. And changed yet again to become easily removable. But it still seemed like overkill, and perhaps even literally quite lethal. Somehow I didnâ€™t notice the Alpine Whippet until its third season now of existence. The design is easy to criticize since it obviously will have less purchase in hard snow or ice conditions than the regular Whippet, or even the Condor. However, Iâ€™ve always been skeptical of self-arrest realism when skiing. Hence Iâ€™m counting on a self-arrest ski pole grip only for a fall that starts from essentially zero speed, i.e., skinning with ski crampons, or booting up with boot crampons on pitches where I donâ€™t need the self-belay of an ice axe. Iâ€™ve also been wary of the injury potential from a skiing fall with a Whippet (and a friend did indeed severely lacerate his hand that way). The Alpine Whippet feels like a perfect compromise to me. The pick â€“ okay, really an adze â€“ protrudes far enough, and is sharp enough, and is hard enough to pull off a self-arrest in any condition in which you can reasonably self-arrest with a ski pole self-arrest grip. If the Alpine Whippet isnâ€™t sufficient for that in certain conditions, then I doubt most â€“ or perhaps even any â€“ skiers will have the skill and strength to successfully pull of a self-arrest with the more aggressive steel pick of the regular Whippet. Yet the self-laceration hazard with an Alpine Whippet is rather minimal compared to the regular Whippet. The attachment and removal technique is quick and easy. Only drawback is that upon attachment you then have to stow somewhere the little grip plug (that presumably is there to keep the gripâ€™s inner threads clean, as well as for aesthetics), and then upon removal you need to stow somewhere the pick â€“ sorry, adze â€“ but itâ€™s small and slim enough that it will get along well with the rest of your stowed sharps. As for the poles, Iâ€™m using the BD Alpine Carbon Cork WR, reviewed separately.
What a great invention!!!
Perfect for any trekker to shave some weight and not bring an ice axe.