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What to do with broken walking poles?

I’m a terrible shi^H^H^H magpie and I hate throwing anything away if it might be useful. The other week I managed to ruin a walking pole… it got bent when a big fat lump fell on it, me! In my attempt to gently straighten it out, it bent back and there is a fold/crease in the aluminium tube. It’s gubbed to use a technical term.

I had an old pair of Leki poles… much heavier than these so I have dug them out of the store (back of the old shed) and cleaned them up. The mechanisms now work and they collapse when I want not when they want. I only bought the new ones as I had a voucher to use at an outdoor shop.

So I have one used but functional pole and one that is bent/folded in. Given that all the parts on the Lekis are available if they break, the old poles wont be used for Leki repairs. So what can I use the other one and half for? There has to be some SOTA device that can be made from the bits?

Come one, someone must have a done something with walking pole parts?


Find a one arm activator, use one pole on a circular route, sell half price to someone who’s broken their pole,Ebay bargain, shall I go on?


Yep, I’m back to my old Leki’s as well; a bit heavier, but as you say, do what I want, not what they want, (and at the most inopportune time!)

All Best, Ken

I have one bent pole that I use to stake a dahlia, it is an honorable retirement spent in the garden!


Sleeve over the bent bit. Araldite.

I’d be keeping an eye on eBay to see whether someone else had done the same “fall on pole” trick and were offering them for spares. I can see why you now live up in GM. With so many GM summits under the belt, the Scottish mentality has rubbed off on me as well. I now bathe regularly in WD40. :wink:

Hi Andy,

the 3 sections of many poles from different manufacturers are the same diameter. I have hybridised / cannibalised many old poles to make working pairs. Even finding old poles or sections on the hill sometimes.

Which section (ground, middle, hand) did you customise and I’ll let you have a spare!



As I bimble my way through life, I have been pleasantly surprised at how often Murphy’s law fails when it comes to finding random things that can be assembled together in projects.

I suppose that designers of all things tend to use stock sizes, or at least specify sizes in “round numbers” of the units they work in. For walking poles, I guess the designers will be calculating on very similar load bearing requirements, and it is encouraging that they arrive at the same end result!

Well what a fine generous offer Colwyn. I took the really bent one apart to inspect the damage before stashing the parts where the boss wouldn’t see them and bin them… I’ll have to go and check and let you know.

What I did notice is the difference in the size of the friction fittings in the Leki vs the cheap poles. The Lekis are Makalus from at least 2007, that’s when I bought them second hand. The cheaper ones are TrekMate Tradlites. The adjustment mechanisms in the Lekis must be twice the size of the TrekMate. Now I’ve cleaned all the aluminium oxide, soil and grot out of the insides and cleaned the friction fittings, they adjust nicely. Well a bit jerky because even the Lekis have suffered some bending forces!

I recall I did once use the contoured handle from a broken walking pole for an acoustic guitar case. It worked quite well threaded with some old 11mm climbing rope, and the case is still in use, although it is a bit heavy.


To paraphrase the lovely Pauline:

Walking sticks are like pens. If they don’t work, you shake them. And if they still don’t work, you chuck them away. Bin 'em.

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Ah Pauline… what a character.

I’ve been refurbishing old Android devices. I have an old Gen 1 MotoG 4G which was on Android 5.1 and a Nexus 7 2012 tablet on 5.1 as well. The Nexus 7 was rendered unusable by the 5.1 upgrade… well it worked but would freeze for 30-60secs at a time. The phone worked but there were so many security holes in the software I was relecutant to rely on it.

I’m happy to say that installing LineageOS 14.1 on the phone gives me an Android 7.1.1 phone with all the updates to March 2018. The tablet has a 7.1.1 Android as well and the lock ups have gone but it’s a less up to date image. The important thing is everything works fine on the phone, 4G, wifi, Bluetooth, GPS, camera etc. and has given me the confidence to bring my main phone up to date the same way.

If you have an old Android phone that works but no longer gets updates etc. then installing LineageOS is as straightforward as following the instructions in order. I was suprised how painless it was and will bring the phone up to date. Certainly cheaper than an Iphone X upgrade. It also means you can buy an oddball Chinese phone for pennies and update it to a European version of Android without the built in PRC spying software :wink:

Recycle them so they can be melted down and turned into something useful, like beer cans. Then buy a new set of Leki’s, the only light weight, collapsible walking sticks worth the beer cans they replace.

Ah yes, trying to straighten a bent pole without heating it first. Classic error. When I was a ski patroller we used to collect bent poles, repair them, then sell them to raise money. We even had a special vice for it. Anyone encountering the same issue would be well advised to wait before attempting to straighten them.

As for what to do with the bent one, depending on where the bend is you can saw off the bent part and just keep using it, albeit at a shorter length. Maybe somebody not as tall as you might appreciate them.

Bash it into a VHF aerial!

73, Jan-Martin