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Anyone own a Alpenstock? Ever made one? If you have, do you know where to get the parts? I'd like to make one, but not sure where to begin. It would be nice to find a good source for the hardware -- I don't really want to forge my own hardware.
 

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OK -- since I have had zero response, maybe no one knows what the heck I'm talking about! Or, maybe no one cares! If it is that no one is interested -- then I'll just forget it. But just in case no one has a clue what a Alpenstock is and what I'm looking at making -- here's a picture:

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I do know what an alpenstock is. But where I live, most appropriate sticks would be called flattenstocks, or muddenstock. :D No help here, sorry
 

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I do know what an alpenstock is. But where I live, most appropriate sticks would be called flattenstocks, or muddenstock. :D No help here, sorry
Laughing!!! Thanks for Responding! I understand -- although I don't live in the mountains, my walks can be kind of rugged -- especially in the winter! Here is what it looks like from my eastern exposure:

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I did a google search and couldn't come up with a source for parts. The head reminds me of a rock hammer I have but rock hammers are all hand forged in one piece today. Your best bet might be to search extreme backpacking shops and suppliers where you might be able to find one where you could replace the handle with the stick you want.
 

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I will look this weekend, maybe a place like Forestry Suppliers or an outfitter as CJ suggested carries them and who knows, even parts?

I would be interested myself.
 

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I checked a ton of stores, including Bass Pro, Cabelas, Dicks Sporting Goods, Rei, and lots more. No luck. I checked Lee Valley too. I'll look some more. All I've seen so far is hardware from China.
 

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The EBay Alpenstock gave me an idea for future use: a lanyard on a slip ring. Otherwise, the lanyard is useful only on level terrain. That's probably old news to seasoned stickmakers, but it's new news to me. Wood Bicycle handlebar Bicycle fork Artifact Bicycle part
 

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Thanks guys for all the info! I've been gone for over 2 weeks, so I'm just seeing your comments!
 

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I recently received the August issue of GSA Today, an informal publication of the Geological Society of America.

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Interesting looking head on the thing. Looks like split metal so as to maintain lightness, but sacrifice on sturdiness. Might be good enough for an ice ax or light digging in loose soil, but I don't think it would be very comfortable to use as a handle.

But interesting. Thanks for sharing!
 

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My more formal version of a geologist's "Rockinstock" for "knapping the chucky stanes", as an old Scott (Sir Walter Scott) once said.

 
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