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#155602 - 10/10/11 01:42 PM Trekking Poles!
newyorkteg Offline
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Registered: 10/10/11
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someone stole my trekking poles so i needed a new pair, their not super cheap so i improvised, had an old set of golf clubs. using a hacksaw cut the club head off two clubs. then cut the grip off 1 club, bam. stick the one into the other and you have a trekking pole. drill a hole threw the top grip and run some para cord thru!. used them on a 3.6 mile hike in the Adirondacks over the weekend, worked perfect.

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#155621 - 10/10/11 06:01 PM Re: Trekking Poles! [Re: newyorkteg]
billstephenson Offline
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Cool idea!!

And thanks for sharing it. I'm not sure, but I may have some old golf clubs that wouldn't be worth using on the links but might work perfect for trekking poles smile
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#155632 - 10/10/11 09:52 PM Re: Trekking Poles! [Re: billstephenson]
newyorkteg Offline
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ya i prolly should have mentioned that u wanna use clubs that have graphite shafts! im also working on putting some type of rubber stopper on the bottom or something ill post pics when done

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#155641 - 10/10/11 11:59 PM Re: Trekking Poles! [Re: newyorkteg]
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Registered: 10/06/10
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Originally Posted By newyorkteg
their not super cheap


I'm not sure of your definition of super cheap, but Walmart has a cam lock pole for around 12 dollars, and a pair of twist lock poles for around 20. The twist lock poles seem to have some type of shock absorber system in them. I'm sure they're way more heavy, and not nearly as well made as a more expensive set, but they'd be better than nothing.

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#155656 - 10/11/11 10:58 AM Re: Trekking Poles! [Re: james__12345]
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I usually just buy used ski poles at the thrift store. They are usually $5. Of course, they don't adjust.
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#155682 - 10/11/11 04:52 PM Re: Trekking Poles! [Re: finallyME]
newyorkteg Offline
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ya ski poles are another good idea but of course they dnt adjust, the golf clubs break down for easy cary and strap right on to my pack, just wanted to share with you guys.

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#157136 - 11/10/11 09:43 AM Re: Trekking Poles! [Re: newyorkteg]
anicinabe Offline
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Registered: 10/10/11
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I have a problem trekking thru the woods carrying a well known lightning magnet...lol I had the same concerns when I used to camp on the side of a mountain during a thunderstorm while in my aluminum pole-supported tent...

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#157137 - 11/10/11 09:51 AM Re: Trekking Poles! [Re: anicinabe]
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So what you need are a pair of carbon fiber poles and a tarptent that uses them as tent poles. Like me. smile
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#157146 - 11/10/11 11:21 AM Re: Trekking Poles! [Re: anicinabe]
oldranger Offline
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Originally Posted By anicinabe
I have a problem trekking thru the woods carrying a well known lightning magnet...


Do you know of any instances in which aluminum trekking poles attracted lightning or served as a pathway?

I know what you are talking about. I was skittering down a forested slope from a bald ridge as an approaching storm came overhead, and I realized that the aluminum pole in my hand was not the best situation. It was easily resolved by laying the pole down and stepping away and hunkering down. I still use that pole. Prevention of potentially disabling slips and falls is a huge plus compared to the theorhetical disadvantage in a lightning storm...The same thing can be said for climbing pro devices.

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#157148 - 11/10/11 11:43 AM Re: Trekking Poles! [Re: oldranger]
anicinabe Offline
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No but just keep thinking of how many golfers have been struck over the years..I do use bamboo cross country ski poles

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#157152 - 11/10/11 01:22 PM Re: Trekking Poles! [Re: lori]
billstephenson Offline
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Originally Posted By lori
So what you need are a pair of carbon fiber poles and a tarptent that uses them as tent poles. Like me. smile


I'm pretty sure carbon fiber is a pretty good conductor. Fiberglass, on the other hand, is not.

An old fashion hiking stick made of wood is probably your safest bet if you're worried about carrying a lightning rod wink
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#157162 - 11/10/11 04:33 PM Re: Trekking Poles! [Re: billstephenson]
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Yes, carbon may be a good conductor but shouldn't increase your chances of a lighting strike.

"It has been found that the 'degree of influence' of metal objects on lightning is proportional to the size of the object. Photographic and laboratory evidence suggests that a conductive object will only attract a lightning channel at a distance at or less than the object's longest vertically-oriented dimension. That is, a three-foot high umbrella will not attract or influence a lightning channel that strikes more than three feet away (see illustration below). A metal earring will only attract a lightning bolt that is less than one-half of an inch away! A house or building may attract a lightning bolt that comes down at or less than a distance equal to its height. In other words, for most objects on the ground, a lightning strike must already be occuring at extremely close range for any attraction effects to come into play. This makes any relevance to safety a moot point, as lightning striking within a few feet of a person standing outside is usually just as lethal as a direct hit."
http://stormhighway.com/lmwn3.shtml

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#157163 - 11/10/11 04:45 PM Re: Trekking Poles! [Re: Frankendude]
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#157171 - 11/10/11 07:20 PM Re: Trekking Poles! [Re: lori]
Wolfman Offline
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Registered: 08/28/11
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I think their are more likely things to worry about killing you then Lighting. Like getting hit by a train or killed in a air plane crash, On your way to the trail head. wink

I had never used hiking poles before last summer, a hiking stick once in a while, but not a pair of poles. I LOVE MY POLES!!! Best thing for getting my big rear up or down a switch back with a bunch of steps. I also think I hike faster with the poles then I do with out them. Not sure why, probably something to do wit the movement of your arms and legs together.

Wolfman

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#157174 - 11/10/11 07:36 PM Re: Trekking Poles! [Re: Wolfman]
lori Offline
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You'd be surprised how many people are killed or injured by lightning. Pick up a copy of Shattered Air at the library for a handful of examples.

And trekking poles were one of the first things I bought when I got back into the hiking scene - a fortunate purchase, there are many uses for them. Including pushing the bear bag higher, or dealing with reluctant rattlers.
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#157178 - 11/10/11 07:59 PM Re: Trekking Poles! [Re: lori]
Kent W Offline
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Could my pole cunduct lightning? Heck yea. But could I have finished a hike when my knees were bothering me without them? No Way. Love my poles , I had a pair of cheap Kswiss and wife bought me a leike last christmas. Is the leiki better? Not enough to justify cost difference.

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#157181 - 11/10/11 09:34 PM Re: Trekking Poles! [Re: lori]
billstephenson Offline
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Originally Posted By lori
You'd be surprised how many people are killed or injured by lightning. Pick up a copy of Shattered Air at the library for a handful of examples.


Yeah, lightning scares me. I've seen where it blew huge pieces out of a hardwood tree that flew for 60 ft and then stuck deep in the ground like a giant spear.

I'd have to agree that trekking poles won't attract lightning to you, or at least not enough to be concerned about that. On the other hand, if you do get smacked by a bolt it might be possible that a metal or carbon pole would cause more damage to you than wood or bamboo.

That could probably be evaluated by looking at injuries caused on golf courses. If their hands are burned from holding onto clubs, the severity might be related to the material the club is made of.

On yet another hand, a trekking pole might provide better path to ground and use it instead of you. That'd be a bonus!

I know for sure I don't like being out when lightning starts cracking off near me, and there isn't anyplace to hide in the forest that is good.
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#157188 - 11/10/11 11:31 PM Re: Trekking Poles! [Re: anicinabe]
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Most golfers on the golf course are exposed on an open plain. I doubt that their clubs had anything significant to do with their strike. I would say, and this is just my opinion, that you are more at risk from a catastrophic failure of your bamboo poles than from any increased risk that might exist from carrying sturdier aluminum poles.

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#157203 - 11/11/11 04:37 AM Re: Trekking Poles! [Re: oldranger]
OregonMouse Offline
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Registered: 02/03/06
Posts: 6372
Loc: Gateway to Columbia Gorge
Thread drift alert! laugh Since this thread is supposed to be about MYOG trekking poles, a discussion of lightning hazards (for which I have considerable respect!) would be more appropriate in "Backpacking Health and Safety."


Edited by OregonMouse (11/11/11 04:38 AM)
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#157211 - 11/11/11 10:37 AM Re: Trekking Poles! [Re: OregonMouse]
anicinabe Offline
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Registered: 10/10/11
Posts: 61
Loc: Ohio
Thank you for transferring the discussion thread and keeping us on track..

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#157957 - 11/28/11 05:34 PM Re: Trekking Poles! [Re: anicinabe]
kevbo610 Offline
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Registered: 11/27/11
Posts: 17
Loc: columbus georgia
i have always used walking sticks; endless supply, and i am really amazed at how many times people have asked if they were for sale A:yes, they are for sale. i have my favorites i have kept, but many times i will go for a walk without one just so i can grab a new one to cut on.


Edited by kevbo610 (11/28/11 05:35 PM)
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#158722 - 12/14/11 12:26 PM Re: Trekking Poles! [Re: newyorkteg]
Ffej Etaps Offline
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Registered: 12/14/11
Posts: 12
Loc: Montreal, QC Canada
Here in Montreal, on just about any given trash day, you can find the old bamboo ski poles. I grab them whenever I see them. I pull off the bottom baskets, trim the steel tip just a bit, and Voila! I trim them to suit my wife and young son. They are tried and true, light weight, and free!

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