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Need to quickly make tent pole for Golite Trig 1
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Randy Nelson
(rlnunix) - F - M

Locale: Rockies
Need to quickly make tent pole for Golite Trig 1 on 05/18/2010 15:27:46 MDT Print View

I picked up a Golite Trig 1 the other day and want to take it out this weekend. But I don't use trekking poles. Any ideas on how to make a 2 piece pole that will work instead? I don't have time to order the parts and get them before the weekend. I do have things like fiberglass fence posts, steel and graphite golf club shafts, PVC tubing, laying around. Doesn't have to really light for this trip. Whatever will work. Ideas?

Steven Paris
(saparisor) - M

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Quick tent pole: swiffer sweeper on 05/18/2010 17:23:18 MDT Print View

A while ago, the cheap plastic swivel-piece broke on a Swiffer sweeper, leaving me with 3-piece pole (the included 4th piece isn't really usable because of a non-removable handle).

The poles are actually pretty strong b/c each piece is short (about 10") with a 3/4" diameter. I'm guessing they are made of aluminum. They "seat" into each other about an inch (like a normal tent pole) and shouldn't come apart with downward force from a tarp and guylines. I removed a plastic clip inside each pole that attaches them b/c they seat so well onto each other.

Three sections of this pole measured almost 33" at 3.9 oz. To get 4 sections (around 43" tall), you might have to buy 2 sweepers. To carry them, throw a rubber band around the sections.

Btw, I never used these, they got thrown in the bottom of a gear bin. Your post just reminded me and they would be an o.k. replacement for those that forgot tent poles but could get to a store on the way to a trailhead.

Go to, click on products, and then swiffer sweeper. These are available at most stores like target and probably some grocery stores.

bj bretzke
(lilorphanbilly) - F

Locale: Montana, MT (Stealth Mode)
tent poles on 05/18/2010 18:40:26 MDT Print View

We were taking the scrap aluminum to recycle and I came across some aluminum arrow shafts. It would be easy to join them together using a bolt with the head cut off. It's what I was planning for my myog tarptent. I am not completely sold on the trekking poles plus I bike-pack.


Randy Nelson
(rlnunix) - F - M

Locale: Rockies
Pole on 05/19/2010 09:28:28 MDT Print View

Thanks guys. What I did last night was took some old golf shaft of various diameters and made a 3 piece pole by cutting the shafts in a way that they would slide in each other. Not pretty but it will work for now. Not sure how many times I'll use this tent anyway. I have a TT Rainshadow on order. It's only a few ounces heavier than this tent and a lot more room. Not sure I'd get me and my dog in the Trig.

Scott Lehr
(lehrscott4) - F

Locale: Louisville - KY
stick on 05/19/2010 10:53:30 MDT Print View

Whats wrong with a good ol' stick laying on the ground?

Randy Nelson
(rlnunix) - F - M

Locale: Rockies
Pole on 05/19/2010 12:10:07 MDT Print View

That would work as well but I'd rather have exactly what I need with me then spend time looking for the right stick. Also, the Trig has a re-enforced cone in the canopy for the pole. I'd prefer to avoid putting a stick in there.