Post subject: Other Poles uses (or what you can not do with a Whippet)
Posted: Thu Dec 01, 2011 9:56 pm
Joined: Sun Oct 18, 2009 3:18 pm Posts: 469 Location: New Castle, Colorado
First a BD whippet is a valuable tool in certain situations. But one does need a pole(s) that you can invert to quickly and often test snow conditions as you tour. Simply inverting the pole and probing can tell you alot about the snow underneath you. Something you could not do with a whippet.
The "Kowboy Voile Video time frame 2:10 to 2:17
Shows cutting a "quick pit", Can this be down with a BD Whippet or the BD Compactor Pole?
Also note: "Kowboy" Utah Avalanche Forecaster does not use straps on his poles see frame 2:10
Again: I am "not dissing" the Whippet, just stressing the importance of having tools readily available (in this case a ski pole) to constantly check the snowpack as you tour.
Post subject: Re: Other Poles uses (or what you can not do with a Whippet)
Posted: Fri Dec 02, 2011 1:21 pm
Joined: Wed Oct 06, 2004 10:57 pm Posts: 5098 Location: California
Keep in might that a lot of it depends on your location and ambitions.
If you live in UT or places that often have tons of blower pow, or if you know you're riding mellower lines then whippets may be overkill.
Where many splitters ride in other locations its often not always blower pow and we cross a lot of varied terrain. I like the security and comfort of whippets. I use them in other states too like UT because l just like having them if I need em, whereas I'm not taking an ice axe with me on every trip.
Re the Hasty Pit. You can do it with a whippet and even your hands. Its called Hasty pit because its quick, dirty, and not perfect. You could always just take the upper 1/3 section of the whippet off with one flick of the Flick lock and now you can do a clean cut with the shaft flipped upside down like in the video and you don't have the grip on the pole too.