/ Walking poles keep freezing
Apart from buying new poles with a different system or not using them, is there anything I can do to stop this happening?
The Inuit used to pee on theirs.
Then change them for some flicklocks (maybe carbon fibre ones if you are feeling flush)!
Take off the gromet and blast everything with compressed air if possible, I periodically smooth mine down with fine wire wool as well.
Any moisture inside the twistlock systems is liable to freeze (think about the poles getting wet during the walk-in), irrespective of how well you dry them out in between usage.
The Inuit use telescopic hiking poles? Well I never.
To the OP: does it actually matter if they freeze up? So long as they aren't collapsing in use they're still perfectly good hiking poles, right?
I go for flicklock stuff myself, and I've never had any mechanical issues with those.
WD40 +/ Anti-freeze dripped or sprayed into the joints.
Get a good average length and leave them set up, if you don't need them, carry in a gloved hand. If you are using the poles for approaching routes and then swapping for ice tools, get flick lock poles, then its easier to collapse.
Keeping them clean definitely helps, or you could carry a wee can of de-icer.
Are you trying to adjust length or collapse them completely for "hands-on" sections or climbing? For the latter I used to just dismantle them completely and put the sections inside my sack, but this was not as good a fix as getting a pair of BD flick-locks.
Keeping them clean definatly helps
WD40 will keep the moisture off. That might help :)
take a pair of mole grips with you?
The reality is that Black Diamond poles are infinitely superior for winter use.
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