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    Cascade carbon fiber trekking poles use in a bridge hammock

    I was at Costco today and noticed a pair of carbon fiber trekking poles. Is anyone using those poles as spreader bars for a bridge hammock? (see link below)

    I know how to mode the poles to be spreader bars but I don't know how to evaluate a pair of trekking poles to see if they are right for the job. The poles are a 3 piece pole. Can a 3 piece pole be used as a spreader bar?

    Link for the trekking poles:
    http://www.cascademountaintech.com/P...oductCode=1006

    Here is a link for 3 tutorial videos on features and troubleshooting:

    http://www.cascademountaintech.com/Articles.asp?ID=253
    Last edited by Paprika bohlmann; 04-30-2013 at 21:10.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paprika bohlmann View Post
    I was at Costco today and noticed a pair of carbon fiber trekking poles. Is anyone using them as spreader bars for a bridge hammock? (see link below)

    I know how to mode the poles to be speeder bars but I don't know how to evaluate a pair of trekking poles to see if they are right for the job. These are a 3 piece pole. Can a 3 piece pole be used as a spreader bar?

    Link for the trekking poles:
    http://www.cascademountaintech.com/P...oductCode=1006

    Here is a link for 3 tutorial videos on features and troubleshooting:

    http://www.cascademountaintech.com/Articles.asp?ID=253
    Ideally the length of the pole when completely collapsed is wide enough. With my 3 piece Pacer Poles they are too short for that. I couldn't tell from a quick scan of the site what length that is. If a BMBH kind of lengh is good enough (on the order of 30") maybe you're OK. For GrizzBridge or RidgeRunner spreads you you get into slipping hardwood dowel rods inside to provide jams that prevent
    one section from sliding all the way into another.

    good luck
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    Quote Originally Posted by GrizzlyAdams View Post
    ... I couldn't tell from a quick scan of the site what length that is... For GrizzBridge or RidgeRunner spreads you you get into slipping hardwood dowel rods inside to provide jams that prevent
    one section from sliding all the way into another.

    good luck
    The bridge I made has a spreader bar length of 38 inches and the trekking pole is 28inches.

    If I had to add a dowel between each section how would the bottom piece jam against the middle piece? Or would I not have to worry about that that?

    The website didn't say anything about the thickness of the carbon fiber poles, but is there such thing as too thin of a carbon pole for the spreader bar application?

    Thanks for your response!

    Eric

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    For most poles you take apart the sections (usually three) and insert the dowels.

    Ref poles, yes, there is such a thing as too thin, the spreader bars are subject to compression forces, how much depends on a number of factors such as your weight, the width of the fabric, the length of the pole and the length of the triangles leading from the bars to the apex. If your bridge's dimensions are derived from posts on the forum it may not be a problem, but take precautions your first few times in case the poles aren't up to it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paprika bohlmann View Post
    I was at Costco today and noticed a pair of carbon fiber trekking poles. Is anyone using those poles as spreader bars for a bridge hammock? (see link below)

    I know how to mode the poles to be spreader bars but I don't know how to evaluate a pair of trekking poles to see if they are right for the job. The poles are a 3 piece pole. Can a 3 piece pole be used as a spreader bar?

    Link for the trekking poles:
    http://www.cascademountaintech.com/P...oductCode=1006

    Here is a link for 3 tutorial videos on features and troubleshooting:

    http://www.cascademountaintech.com/Articles.asp?ID=253
    How'd you go with the poles did you manage to get it working? I'm about to embark on this idea but don't want to break perfectly good poles.

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    Hey guys, question from a gathered end hanger - are spreader poles weight baring? I'm thinking of DIYing a bridge hammock and would like to use my hiking poles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trailrider74 View Post
    Hey guys, question from a gathered end hanger - are spreader poles weight baring? I'm thinking of DIYing a bridge hammock and would like to use my hiking poles.
    Weight bearing? Not exactly.

    Compression bearing? YES!

    When the poles are in the bridge, do not use them to pull or slide yourself up. You may be able to pull/slide yourself if you grab the poles near the ends where they meet the fabric. This may be the only spot for this manuever that is strong enough for the weight applied(if the poles and your connection points are strong enough).
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