Whiteburn's Wanderings

One man's wanderings backpacking around Scotland plus the odd digression

MLD Trailstar Pitching Mod

In my previous post on the Trailstar I described my alternative method of rigging the ‘door’ guy with a separate line & karabiner.  Well after using this set up for over 18 months & probably about 100 nights out I’ve hit upon a slight issue.

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During the HRP back in July/ August I noticed the Fizan trekking poles were becoming increasingly ‘sticky’ with white powder (aluminium oxide) evident, I put it down to the plentiful rain running down the upturned pole & getting inside.

Once home I spent ½ hr polishing the inside of the tubes with a piece of Scotch-Brite on a length of wire.

Scotch-Brite

I also took the precaution of replacing the plastic expanders at the same time but thought it was advisable to rethink the setup to stop it happening again.  I still wanted the simplicity of a setup with no knots around the pole handle etc. so ended up just putting a loop of dyneema tied around the wrist strap pin (I don’t use wrist straps) to be able to pass the guy through.

New entrance guy

I tried it out on my recent trip in the ‘gorms & it worked as easily as my original method & hopefully any future corrosion on the inside of the tubes will be minimised.

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