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 Post subject: Pole mod
PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2006 10:55 pm 
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To clean up the outside of the pack I prefer putting my BD Exped poles on the inside. The problem has been that at 64cm they are just a little too long to fit comfortably. So when I broke my second pole earlier this season I was stoked and figured I would make them shorter. It had been bothering me for a while that I never used all the length of the Exped poles. Why carry that extra weight around? Especially if it got in the way of putting the poles in the pack.

Basically I just took them all the way apart and cut several inches off the ends (from the right side of the poles in photo below). I was careful to leave about 5 cms of length beyond what I needed since I think this overlap is necessary for the strenght of the pole.

This is a before shot of the pieces. (the middle section had been broken in a wet snow skin glop wacking accident)

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And a shot showing how much length I got rid of, the Leki's are set at 64 cms which is the leng of the BD's before modification. After the hacksaw they measure in around 52 cms.

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The only hard part was removing the grip on a pole that was a couple of years old. I eventually tied it to the bumper of my truck and used my gf's subie to pull it off.

I think this mod makes a fair bit of sense for folks under six feet tall, gram counters, and well splitboarders. The flicklock mechanisms work just as well now as before. I am six feet tall and so I could only lose about 12 cms and still have usable pole for the ups, but someone closer to five tall could loose a ton of length/weight.


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Good idea!

I think ill wait till i breaks em' though.

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 Post subject: Use for leftover or broken sections
PostPosted: Tue Jan 31, 2006 4:23 pm 
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Wow. I broke a pole the exact same way (glop). Unfortunately mine broke a little short, but it still works. My friend and I made some snow saws (wish I could figure out how to link pics) but didn't have handles for the saws. I took the extra pole section, and attatched it to the saw. Now the saw has a handle, and I can atattch it to the end of my pole by removing the basket section. This makes a ~4 ft. long snow saw that is indispensable in cutting cornices and rutchblocks. Its a really sweet setup. The long saw seems to work alot better than the probe and rope saw for cutting blocks, although maybe I just haven't perfected that system. Keep on innovating!


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 Post subject: Re: Pole mod
PostPosted: Tue Jan 31, 2006 5:16 pm 
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dishwasher-dave wrote:
The only hard part was removing the grip on a pole that was a couple of years old. I eventually tied it to the bumper of my truck and used my gf's subie to pull it off.

I love this. Way to think outside the box! :)


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2006 1:09 am 
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I have a pair of Leki Bone poles made just for us snowboarders: when retracted they are very compact: I think around 18 inches. Not sure if they still make them.


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 Post subject: Snow Saws
PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2006 8:39 am 
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My friend and I made some snow saws (wish I could figure out how to link pics) but didn't have handles for the saws.


Not to get too off topic, what did you make the saws out of?


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 Post subject: DIY Snow Saws
PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2006 9:44 am 
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We had the saws fabricated out of aluminum. You take a strip of aluminum, 2" in this case, and drill offset 1/4" holes down the centerline. Cut it in half, and you've got two saws. Hard to explain, I'll see if I can link some pics, or I'll send you an e-mail plan. PM me with an adress if anyone's interested. I think it ended up being less than 10 bucks a saw, and they work awesome.


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