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trekking poles 2 in 1 question
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Jeffrey Hartman
(jeffhartman1019) - F

Locale: midwest
trekking poles 2 in 1 question on 04/07/2007 09:10:37 MDT Print View

my idea is to take two titanium lacrosse shafts and cut to size for walking sticks...
with the thought in mind of being ableto pack two small lacrosse heads, two screws, and a ball for some recreational activity on any zero day and such on my AT thru hike......
switch out the handles with screws
i have never attempted a project like this and wouldnt know where to begin..
any one out hear savy enough to figure out a good strategy and resource for handles and ground pegs
it will be this or a soccer ball and hand pump..i dont mind this extra weight...
so lets here what you think about the idea.....
thanks to all for reading this far

James Pitts
(jjpitts) - F

Locale: Midwest US
Re: trekking poles 2 in 1 question on 04/07/2007 10:11:33 MDT Print View

You can buy replacment tips and grips, with straps, from Komperdell (Google will find them). A lot of people have made handles from EVA foam and the like but I have yet to see a homemade handle that actually has a strap attached to the top of the pole such that it can be used to support your weight as you use the pole. When you get close send pics of your project. I would be interested in giving it a shot.

To attach the handle to the shaft I suggest using epoxy. I have done this and it works well. I can send photos if you want to see my project (I used CF shafts).

Jeffrey Hartman
(jeffhartman1019) - F

Locale: midwest
thanks on 04/07/2007 11:03:24 MDT Print View

i was thinking the straps could go through the screw hole at the top.......
and the handles would have to sit down the depth of the hole for the shaft.......estimating an inch to inch and a half.....
could you tell me how long you think they should be for a six foot 3/4 inch 185 pound hiker......
i think these things would be very sturdy....
i will head your advice and keep you posted...
and i welcome more comments


Jeffrey Hartman
(jeffhartman1019) - F

Locale: midwest
and maybe on 04/07/2007 12:00:18 MDT Print View

and maybe the grips could go at the "butt" end of the lacrosse shaft....
and the tips change out with the lacrosse you think that would be hard to piece together and be tight and sturdy??
so the grips can be right at the top of the poles....and at the bottm when big deal????????
i will email you pics....