Trekking Ski Pole Fishnet Mods


Post by WildSnow.com blogger | August 27, 2005      

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Crossing the North Fork of the Popo, Wind Rivers, Wyoming.

Crossing the North Fork of the Popo, Wind Rivers, Wyoming.

We’ve been using trekking poles for years. To us they’re usually known as “ski poles” and used during approach hikes for ski mountaineering. But we’ve used ’em for pure hiking as well, and still do. The dedicated trekking poles from folks such as Black Diamond are specific to hiking. They’re light, collapse short, and have ergonomic grips that help when you’re moving through uneven terrain (AKA terrifying glacial moraine).

During our Wind River backpack we used a pair of Black Diamond Contour trekking poles, one each (with two for Dad during steeper downhills). The Contours were brilliant — durable, light, comfortable…

BUT, nothing in the Dawson compound shall remain unmodified. Our goal was lightweight backpacking in the Wind River mountains of Wyoming, with a dose of fly fishing. Medium to large size trout on light line require a net. Why not use the trekking pole as the net handle, thereby eliminating a bit of weight by eliminating the net handle, as well as providing a longer reach for scooping those lunker cutthroat out of alpine tarns? So that’s what we rigged.

Trekking pole fish net mod.

Trekking pole fish net mod. The completed and assembled TrekNet is basically a collapsible fishnet that inserts in the upper shaft of a Black Diamond Flicklock trekking pole.

Collapsed net before insertion in shaft. Note adapter that we made for the net. It's just a chunk of ski pole tubing  JBwelded to the net.

Collapsed net before insertion in shaft. Note adapter that we made for the net. It’s just a chunk of ski pole tubing JBwelded to the net.

Net being stuffed for  travel.  It  worked.

Net being stuffed for travel. It worked.

Backcountry skier gets fed summer sushi.

Backcountry skier gets fed summer sushi.

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  • Lisa: Beautiful! I'm always impressed how you and your crew get after it....
  • Lou Dawson 2: Pablo and all, I keep making changes and additions to this post -- and it's...
  • Lou Dawson 2: Hi Phil, unless you are quite demanding on your boots, my take is the Dream...
  • Lou Dawson 2: Hi Pablo, there is no exact number. The more flexible the ski and the longe...
  • Phil: Hi Lee, Looking to replace liners in my Garmont Radium. Hesitating between...
  • Pablo: and what about the opposite to heel gap? How many mm do you consider as th...
  • joost frakking: OK thanks a lot. I will wait with modifications until after the first snow...
  • Lou Dawson 2: This looks so wonderful, nice to see a multi-use trail in that type of loca...
  • Lou Dawson 2: Hi Mat, I truly appreciate you dropping back by with your report! Glad to h...
  • Scott Allen: As close to making turns in the alpine as it gets..in summer..love that las...
  • Mat: Hi Lou, I got my boot back from dynafit here is what they did: -they cha...
  • Lou Dawson 2: Where did you measure the pins from? From the bump on the binding housing, ...
  • joost frakking: Thanks for the suggestions! I seem to have found the cause. My pins on the...
  • Lou Dawson 2: Getting serious here in the workshop, I measured some pins. On a classic TL...
  • Lou Dawson 2: Pablo, yes indeed. Lou...
  • Pablo: There is another interesting way to give the pins room: Replace the heel f...
  • Jeff Watson: On September 18th 1979 i spent my 18th birthday on that mountain in Colorad...
  • See: I’m just thinking that maybe Joost is not measuring right. Does “right” exi...
  • Lou Dawson 2: The word "wrong" does not exist. Lou...
  • See: Note: I've never had a pair of Dynfit boots, so what do I know?...
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  • Lou Dawson 2: Joost, set the heel gap at what works, then try stomping in. The bigger gap...
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