SO, THE PACER POLES !
I have pretty much got these working (nearly).
I decided bigger ferrules would be a good idea for the holding up the Trailstar on softer ground.
Mind you, the one I now have on is a big snow monster, it might not make it to the start at Morar.
I may downsize.
I only have the larger one on one pole, the other one is normal size.
I also added a small sock (one of Harriet's old socks) and a bit of bubble wrap in it to use when the Pole is holding up the tarp.
I will NOT be walking with it on the handle. It is just there so I do not forget to take it.
I know the Trailstar is reinforced at the top, but Pacer handles are quite angular and pointy in places, so a bit of bubble wrap inside the sock should spread the load a bit (I hope).
I also added some physio tape and an army of elastic bands round the handle in case they jam up and I need a bit more grip to undo them.
Anyway, while I was doing that I found the original instructions.
And here I quote Pacer
'AFTER USE LEAVE THE SHAFTS DISMANTLED AND STORE IN A DRY PLACE'
Well, I never stored them dismantled, until now :)
It then goes on to state ........................................................................
'ONLY USE PLAIN WATER WHEN CLEANING PACER POLES.
DO NOT LUBRICATE INSIDE THE SHAFT SECTIONS OT THE PLASTIC LOCKING BOLTS'
So, there you go ............ READ the £***ing instructions !
I am now off to do some work and also the Gym, to build up my arm strength, lest I need to pull them apart when they jam again.
Maybe I should be taking the Leki's?
Hmmmm I'll ponder on that!
That will do for now, I have to go through my lists and work out what essential item is missing.