Recently i was browsing on Facebook when I should have been doing a university assignment, (I have a degree in procrastination) and I came across a video for ‘The Whipper”. It is a fitness tracker for climbers. Wow!
A few nights before, I was telling my partner, (poor lad gets tortured with endless chat about climbing) that I wished there was a tracker for climbers. He wears a swimming tracker and I have a Fitbit (that I love).
Unfortunately my Fitbit doesn’t track my floors as I climb, nor my steps which, to be honest, does my head in… I know Ive worked my ass off for 4 hours at my local gym (The Rock, Brisbane) with my mate Daz who pushes me to the max, and all I have to show for that is 3500 steps! REALLY!? I know for a fact that Ive done twice that ha ha!!
This is Daz, bouldering on the rock of unnecessary heel hooks. Double heel hook, then do a sit up and top out… Hilarious to watch.
So, you can imagine how excited I was when one of the crushers on my climbing group posted the video of the Whipper. EEEEEK! Finally, i can track my climbing much better and push harder! The Whipper isn’t just a basic tracker… This thing is amazing! It uses motion and pressure sensors to track everything from vertical foot gain, incline, pace, effort level, altitude. You can use it during a sesh or after, to keep track of your how you are going. The whipper just clips to the rear of your harness and is safely tucked out of the way and not likely to get snagged whilst on a dicey hold.
The Whipper suits climbers at any skill level. I only started climbing in September 2015 and thanks to Daz I began lead climbing in December 2015. I have my first lead competition in may and kind of wish this was out that bit sooner so i could have it for training (and measuring my falls… i hate failing lol!)
The Whipper App will will sync up to your smartphone via built in Bluetooth. (These guys thought of everything) The App has a smart coach feature and provides crushers with performance-based advice, training modes, and supplemental exercises such as training for hang boards, roofs and big walls.
Ultimately The Whipper WILL help crushers of all skills reach and push past their goals…
The Whipper App will have a social side too… Hopefully this means that you not only get to connect to your mates but that you can connect to climbers all over the world. This will provide serious levels of inspiration and cool to those of us who aspire to crush hard.
“Whipper users have the option to challenge friends, find a belay partner, track progress of the team, and much more”. (Statement taken from Whipper press release 2016).
Check out their video and website or Skype them to see a demo… The team will be happy to show you.
The actual device, although I haven’t gotten my chalked up little hands on one yet (roll on May 3rd as il be stalking the indiegogo page lol) is apparently light and durable, low maintenance and wont get in your way as you scale that beautiful slab… (Yay for those who like to Trad and keep the weight down). The battery is also said to last for ages and is rechargeable via USB (another plus).
These guys have not only managed to impress me with The Whipper but the team behind it have shown the awesome climber spirit and mentality I have come to love. They are joining up with with not for profit organisations enabling Whipper users WORLDWIDE to climb for a good cause.
“For every 1000 feet climbed by the Whipper community, the Whipper team is donating $1 to the AccessFund”. (Statement taken from Whipper press release 2016).
Seriously – YOU GUYS ROCK… See what I did there ha ha!
Well that’s enough of my ramblings for one blog. As soon as I get my mits on one of these devices I shall post up a review and pics of my shenanigans on the wall.
Sign up as a Whipper ambassador on thewhipper.com and join me on the social side of the Whipper App as soon as its released to stores in Q4 2016 🙂
Share the love for crushing and all things climbing.
May 3rd Indiegogo crowd fund Only $99 for early backers.
(This blog is solely my own opinion and the excited ramblings of a climbing nutter)