Re: 35 miles of day hikes in Olympic National Park...
Posted: Fri May 14, 2010 10:53 am
I paid full price for them. To find a set for $4 was a steal.realityguy wrote:The Leki Wanderfreund poles I've modified and cut off the "cane" portion of the handle because it serves no purpose(more harmful to wrists than useful!) and I use those poles a lot in my tent-making.The poles are nice because they have a nice loop for tying line to and also a small hole above the loop that will fit a smaller fiberglass standard tent pole section.I can solidify two poles into an arch about 12"-24" and spread the bottom of the poles out to almost 45 degrees if needed,creating a front end of a tent.By using those I can eliminate quite a bit of weight in the tents I make and I always carry them anyway..or at least one..if I pack a smaller bivy style tent that only needs one.
My tents only require a maximum of about 12-16" of real tent poles,about 1oz..other than the trek poles,which weigh 8.5 ounces each(minus the rubber tips also).
The poles were a thrift store buy at $2 each..
I'm not ready to cut off the cane portion because I need a cane sometimes. Also, I was thinking it would make a good hook for grabbing limbs or roots when going up something steep although I haven't tried it.
Nice idea to double their use as tent poles. I was looking at bridge hammocks and thinking the same thing (could they be used a the spreaders on each end).