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Hiking Pole Modifications

Paintboy2

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Camino(s) past & future
CP-Coastal Route(2016), CdN (2017) CP-Senda Litoral (2018), Way of St. Francis (2019), CPVS (2020)
I'm currently on my 4th Camino, this one The Way of St. Francis, LaVerna, Italy to Assisi to Rome.
Some people asked about my hiking poles. I have added a few things that I find very helpful on my walks, especially here in Italy where I have done some road walking.
1. I have mounted a 90° LED light so that I can see where I'm going when I leave early or get in late. This is a very bright light that runs off an AAA battery and lasts usually a whole trip. I also use it if I am road walking so that cars can see me. Also, I occasionally need a handy light at night. I only use it then if I'm not in a communal room. It's really bright.
2. I have an elastic mounted rechargeable flashing Red LED that I use all day long so that cars, motorcycles, bicycles, etc. can see me from a long way off. I'm sold on how well this works to warn others of my presence, and, it's rechargeable
3. I have a 1/4" gimble mount at the bottom for mounting my OSMO POCKET video camera. Great for vloging or action shots.
4. I have wrapped about 15' of 250lb. paracord around my pole for emergency use.
I've used everything but the paracord on all of my trips and I would add these simple items to any poles I used. They no weight but are extremely helpful.

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Moorwalker

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
The Saint's Way, Cornwall
I'm puzzled about how the light works since you are swinging a pole all the time. I'd rather have a lightweight head lamp for seeing where I'm going. And a piece of reflective tape goes a long way to making you visible without using an extra light and doesn't need to be recharged. Just personal opinion of course.
 

Ivan_Prada

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Francés-(septiembre 2018)
Portugués-(en planes 2021)??
I'm currently on my 4th Camino, this one The Way of St. Francis, LaVerna, Italy to Assisi to Rome.
Some people asked about my hiking poles. I have added a few things that I find very helpful on my walks, especially here in Italy where I have done some road walking.
1. I have mounted a 90° LED light so that I can see where I'm going when I leave early or get in late. This is a very bright light that runs off an AAA battery and lasts usually a whole trip. I also use it if I am road walking so that cars can see me. Also, I occasionally need a handy light at night. I only use it then if I'm not in a communal room. It's really bright.
2. I have an elastic mounted rechargeable flashing Red LED that I use all day long so that cars, motorcycles, bicycles, etc. can see me from a long way off. I'm sold on how well this works to warn others of my presence, and, it's rechargeable
3. I have a 1/4" gimble mount at the bottom for mounting my OSMO POCKET video camera. Great for vloging or action shots.
4. I have wrapped about 15' of 250lb. paracord around my pole for emergency use.
I've used everything but the paracord on all of my trips and I would add these simple items to any poles I used. They no weight but are extremely helpful.

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Hi Paintboy2:

I did kind the same with my poles. Added frontal lights to see where I was going and to be noticed by moving vehicles. My motives were more concerned with my safety as, I began walking early in the morning with very low lights at the time.

Keep on going!
 

Paintboy2

Member
Camino(s) past & future
CP-Coastal Route(2016), CdN (2017) CP-Senda Litoral (2018), Way of St. Francis (2019), CPVS (2020)
I'm puzzled about how the light works since you are swinging a pole all the time. I'd rather have a lightweight head lamp for seeing where I'm going. And a piece of reflective tape goes a long way to making you visible without using an extra light and doesn't need to be recharged. Just personal opinion of course.
Reflective tape doesnt reflect anything in daylight. The flashing red LED has been very effective during daytime road walking and the 90° pole light allows one to look at a person without blinding them. Just my experience of course but I've been very happy with them.
 

RumAndChupacabras

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Jul-Sept 2019: Six weeks in Northern Spain.
Apr 2018 Asturias
May 2016 CP: Portuguese
@Paintboy2, thank you so much for sharing the photos and information. we're getting ready to leave in just about 10 days and are considering buying our poles in Spain. Excellent ideas you have!
 

Mary Doll

Donating Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances Sarria to Santiago (2018)
Camino Francés SJPDP to Finisterre planned for June 2020
I found a nice patterned sticky tape to personalise them and thus help me find them in the mornings.
Great minds think alike Kirkie. I have patterned duct tape to wrap around my poles. What I really need is an alarm to remind me to pick them up after stopping at a bar.
 

Jeff Crawley

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Currently on a "Virtual" Camino and striding out across Castile y Leon!
I have bells on my poles to hide the noise of the tips hitting the road. And I have a horn to hide the noise of the bells.
No indicators or brake lights? Shame!

Before I became converted to PacerPoles I used this:

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The action-cam is mounted on a standard hiking pole rubber and can be pushed on in an instant (useful for getting shots over people's heads). The poles are personalised with StiXskins which are OK but, I found, don't last without a clear tape on top.

I've used these bike lights in the past

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which can be set to dim/bright/flash at various rates but can be intensely annoying for anybody walking behind you - they are LEZYNE cycle lamps
 

Mike Blackard

Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF -Sept.-Oct 2018 , CF Aug- Oct 2019
(CF or VdlP summer/fall 2020)
@Paintboy2, thank you so much for sharing the photos and information. we're getting ready to leave in just about 10 days and are considering buying our poles in Spain. Excellent ideas you have!
If you are going over the Pyrenees from St
Jean, you should buy the poles there. You will find them very useful on both uphill and downhill.
 


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