This is the continuation of a thread I started regarding utilizing an inverted V w/trekking poles for an MLD Supermid. My rational was why not maximize the sleeping space in the mid if I were to share a double quilt with my son. I suspect there would still be enough room with the pole in the middle, or even offset a bit, but wanted to explore alternatives.
Anxious to see if this was a viable option, I contacted Ron with MLD. He was very kind to respond, stating that this could be done, but proceed cautiously due to the additional stress on the poles due to length and angle. He also said to utilize a very strong trekking pole. I then considered purchasing the .600 CF poles from Ruta Locura/Ti Goat, but that would defeat the purpose of keeping things light, and still using trekking poles to hike with.
I am no expert in the UL community, but I think it would be safe to say a CF pole may not handle a load as well as an aluminum one. If this is not accurate, please point me in the right direction. I spent some time perusing REI, and found the Black Diamond Trail Ergo Cork Trekking Poles. They are reasonably priced, weigh a bit over 1#, and had high ratings.
I think a more robust/heavier trekking pole will need to be a compromise I make if I continue down this road. So my question is, are these poles one of the stronger ones on the market, and if not, any other suggestions?
I appreciate any thoughts you may have on this topic.