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[pct-l] Re: Ice Axe self-arrest training?

Thanks to all for the very informative review of ice axes and their sometime 
All good information that is certain to help many and in time, save some 

I have 2 questions:
1. Is anyone using the Black Diamond "Whippet" self-arrest pick conversion 
for their poles? No blade for step chopping of course, but otherwise seems 
like it may be a great idea since I use poles anyway. Just a 4 oz net gain, 
and the thing is constantly gripped in your hand ready to go should you fall. 
Just keep polin' along if you don't. Opinions?

2. Where can I get the kind of self-arrest instruction recommended? I live in 
a Los Angeles suburb. Any specific class recommendations would be highly 

Best, Todd in Tarzana.