If you’re like me, you probably leave the very top section of your mast at home. Personally, I find them so flexible that there is often no appreciable gain in height over the mast with no top section. For my 10m travel mast, I leave the top 2 sections at home, reducing the length to about 8.7m. With carbon fibre poles this becomes even more of a problem as the last section is like a piece of spaghetti. I have, however, found a reasonable solution to this problem: I glue the top 2 sections together with epoxy resin. I was asked recently how I get the glue inside the thin tubing, so here is my secret:
You may need to create some kind of adapter if the holes don’t match up as conveniently as these ones. Remember, if you are leaving the very top section out and glueing the two sections underneath together, then you will need to block up the smaller tube to stop the epoxy flowing up inside it, instead of coating the inside of the outer tube. I hope that’s all clear, it’s a lot simpler than it sounds.